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ASTRONOMY 5610 (formerly ASTR 551): ASSIGNMENTS
January 21, 2016
- Baade (1944) articles,
ApJ, 100, 137 and
ApJ, 100, 147 (and
associated figures/plates) -- be prepared to discuss next lecture
ARAA article, Introduction and Section 1
- Majewski Canary Islands article
(Postscript , PDF), Section 1.1
- Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 1
January 28, 2016
February 4, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 4.1.
- Homework Problem Set #2.
February 11, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 2.1, 2.2.1.
- Homework Problem Set #3.
February 18, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 2.2.2, 2.3, 2.5, and 3.3.
- Make sure to review those parts of the lecture notes that were repeated from ASTR5110, and
skipped over in class time this semester. Some of this material is needed to do the homeworks.
- Homework Problem Set #4.
February 25, 2016
- Because I am gone next week,
no lecture next Tuesday. That lecture will happen tomorrow, 3:30 PM instead.
- MIDTERM: Classtime, Thursday March 3. Material covered:
- Lecture material up to and including "Chemical Abundance Effects on Spectral
- All assigned readings, including Binney & Merrifield Sections 3.3-3.5 assigned
below, but NOT Sections 3.1-3.2 or Sections 5.1-5.2 for now (though you might look at
Section 5.1.5, Box 5.4 and Section 5.2, which contains material covered in
- Homeworks AND solution keys up to and including HW#4
(make sure to read MY solutions, because I include extra
pedagogical information in those solution keys).
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1, 3.2. (This material I am
not going to cover in class, but I expect you to cover it
on your own. Since it is essentially a reworking of Kepler's
3rd Law, it should not be too difficult for you). You will need
this material to do homework assignments.
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.4, 3.5 (might as well reread 3.3
in sequence, especially if you haven't read it yet!).
- Spring Break reading suggestion: I strongly urge you to start reading
Binney & Merrifield, Sections 5.1, 5.2, which will be assigned later
but are rather long, so helpful to get a start now. If you are
really ambitious, you could read all of chapters 5 and 6...
- Homework Problem Set #5.
March 3, 2016
- Midterm, while I am away.
March 17, 2016
- By now you should have read all of Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1-3.5.
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1 (warning, this is a long, but very important section to read).
- Please note that I have already discussed material in Section 5.2 in class
and in notes. Although we will not formally address all of the material in this section
until later, you might skim this relatively shorter section now to refresh your memory
on things I've said about the different kinds of nuclides and their association with different
types of supernovae.
- Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6.
- Homework Problem Set #7 (I will not be giving you HW#6 this year).
March 24, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6 (and finish Section 5.1 if you haven't already).
- Homework Problem Set #7 (due March 31).
March 31, 2016
- Keep reading Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6 (especially Section 6.2,
since I may have to skip formal presentation on open clusters, but will be
giving a homework assignment involving open clusters).
- Note: Homework Problem Set #8 deadline extended to **FRIDAY**, April 1, 2016: 5 PM).
- Homework Problem Set #9 (due **FRIDAY**, April 8, 2014: 5 PM).
April 7, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Sections 4.5, 10.5 and 10.7 (eventually we will read all of
Chapter 10, so if you crave continuity, you might read 10.5-10.7, or just all of 10!).
- Read ELS (1962) and the introduction and discussion sections of Searle & Zinn (1978). You need this
to do the homework.
- Homework Problem Set #10.
- For the last homework of the semester (in 2 weeks), I will be asking you to work in small groups to do
a mini-project using APOGEE and/or APOGEE-2 data. You might start familiarizing yourself with what the database
is like. Here are websites describing the survey and data:
Note that two years ago some interesting new results were obtained by the students in this class, and some
of these even inspired a Ph.D. thesis and published work! So don't be afraid to think boldly -- there is a LOT
of unexplored territory to which APOGEE can be applied.
April 14, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Sections 3.6, 10.4-10.7.
- You should meet with Nick and I by next Thursday to discuss your end of the semester poroject.
April 21, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Sections 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4.
- Homework Problem Set #11.
April 28, 2016
- Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.7, 10.3 (the latter section contains key material, but
unfortunately it looks like I won't get to cover a lot of it in lecture).
- If you have not done so, read the rest of Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 10, especially Sections 10.4-10.7.
This year, we will not get through all of this in lecture, but this information is important to know
and I hope you will avail yourself of it.
- You should be working on your final, APOGEE-based projects. We discussed having these done by May 6. I will see
whether I can extend that deadline a little, but remember that I leave for Chile on that day. Any paper copies of the projects
(which I prefer, but won't force you to do)
need to be in my box by May 5, 5PM. After that I can only accept PDF files by email.