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Spring 2018

ASTRONOMY 5610: ASSIGNMENTS


January 18, 2018

January 25, 2018

February 1, 2018

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Introduction to Section 4 and Section 4.1.
  • Homework Problem Set #2.

February 8, 2018

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 2.1, 2.2.1.
  • Homework Problem Set #3 (due in 8 days).

February 15, 2018

  • Reading:
    • 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 22, 2018

  • Spring Recess March 3-11
  • MIDTERM: Week of March 19, likely March 22.
  • Reading:
    • 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!).
  • Homework Problem Set #5.

March 1, 2018

  • Homework Problem Set #7.
  • Begin preparing for midterm happening in three weeks. Material covered:
    • Lecture material up to and including that covered before the midterm.
    • All assigned readings.
    • Homeworks AND solution keys up to and including HW#7 (make sure to read MY solutions, because I include extra pedagogical information in those solution keys).
  • This week's assigned reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1 (warning, this is a long, but very important section to read).
    • By now you should have read all of Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1-3.5.
    • 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.

March 15, 2018

  • No class on Tuesday: Obviously because some of us will be out of town, there is no class lecture on Tuesday. I really hope there may be an opportunity to make up this lecture later in the semester, somehow.

  • Midterm: Class time on Thursday, March 22. Covers all lecture material up to today, all assigned readings (not including those assigned starting today), all homeworks up to HW7, for which the answer key will be sent out at 5PM tomorrow (i.e., at deadline for turning in the homework). For the latter, please make sure you look over my answer keys, where I often give extra information and context for the problems.

    Please self-manage the distribution of the exams and then their collection into the envelope I give you.

  • Reading:
    • By now you should have read all of Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1-3.5 (previously assigned).
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1 (warning, this is a long, but very important section to read, but has been assigned for several weeks).
    • 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.
    • If you desire, you can begin reading Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6.

  • Final Project: If we are doing a final project rather than final exam, that project will be done in small groups and make use of the APOGEE database. As the semester progresses, you might keep in mind how APOGEE could be used to address some stellar populations question of interest to you.

March 22, 2018

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6.
  • Homework Problem Set #8 (due March 30). Will be handed out either tomorrow or via email sometimes in the next week.

March 29, 2018

  • Reading:
    • 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).
  • Homework Problem Set #9 (due **FRIDAY**, April 6, 2018: 5 PM).

April 5, 2018

  • Reading:
    • 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!).
    • Familiarity with ELS (1962) and the introduction and discussion sections of Searle & Zinn (1978) are needed to do the next homework assignment.
  • 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 over the past two rounds of this class, three published papers, an entire Ph.D. thesis, and part of another have come from these projects. So don't be afraid to think boldly or to ask me or other APOGEE-oriented members of the department for ideas -- there is a LOT of unexplored and interesting territory to which APOGEE can be applied (and this is without even including the opportunities afforded by also including the upcoming Gaia DR2!).

April 12, 2018

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Sections 3.6. In the coming weeks we will also be covering material in Sections 10.4-10.7, and Sections 5.2-5.4.
    • Recommended for the interested (some of the lecture notes taken from here): Renzini & Buzzoni (1986, in Spectral Evolution of Galaxies, eds. C. Chiosi & A. Renzini, D. Reidel Publishing, pp. 195-235.
  • You should meet with Chris and I (together) by next Thursday to discuss your end of the semester poroject.

April 19, 2018

  • Reading:
    • As before, Binney & Merrifield, Sections 10.4-10.7, and 5.2-5.4.

  • Because so many people are behind on homeworks, because of the big Li assignment due around the same time, and to give you more time to work on the projects, Homework Problem Set #11 (which was to be Due April 26) is cancelled.
  • PLEASE talk to Chris and I about your proposed final projects by tomorrow (April 20).
  • The ABSOLUTE project deadline is noon on Monday, May 7, because I am leaing the country Wednesday for 10 days and need at least a day to read the projects and turn in grades.

    The project is worth 200 points, but you are encouraged to work in groups.

April 26, 2018

  • Reading:
    • Several areas I will apparently not get to discuss with you in lecture, but cover important topics about which you should be aware are Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.7 (Interstellar Dust and dealing with reddening and extinction laws), Section 10.2 (Galactic bulge) and Section 10.3 (disk kinematics). All of Chapter 10 would be a valuable read. Maybe you will consider doing so sometime!
  • You should be working on your final, APOGEE-based projects! THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE IS MONDAY, MAY 7 AT NOON!! Please keep Chris and I up to date on your progress. Thanks!

IGNORES BELOW HERE!

April 20, 2010

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.4.
    • Recommended for the interested (some of the lecture notes taken from here): Renzini & Buzzoni (1986, in Spectral Evolution of Galaxies, eds. C. Chiosi & A. Renzini, D. Reidel Publishing, pp. 195-235.
  • Homework Problem Set #11.
  • Final Exam is Thursday, May 13, 9 AM - noon.

May 03

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 10.3-10.7.
  • Final Exam is Thursday, May 13, 9 AM - noon.

    Please do NOT ask other graduate students for old exams. I'll try to (maybe) give you some example questions in advance.

    I will try to have the grader have all relevant homeworks graded and back to you by next Monday.
  • I hope at some point to arrange a class picture (I forgot my camera today).
  • Have a great and PRODUCTIVE summer!

January 22

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 2.3, 3.3-3.5

January 30

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 5-5.1.9
    • Recommended: Wildey et al. (1962) article

February 14

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1.10
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6

February 21

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.4.
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6
    • Recommended: Renzini & Buzzoni (1986, in Spectral Evolution of Galaxies, eds. C. Chiosi & A. Renzini, D. Reidel Publishing, pp. 195-235.

March 10

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.7.
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6

March 17

  • Reading:
    • B&M Chapter 6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 1.2
    • Suggested supplementary reading: Carney's article in SAAS-FE Advanced Course #28, Star Clusters, by Carney & Harris, Springer c. 2001. Also, Elson's article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands Thing)

March 25

  • Reading:
    • Please read Searle & Zinn (1978, ApJ, 225, 357).
    • B&M Chapter 6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 1.2

April 8

  • Reading:
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 3-3.3.2
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading relevant section of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.

April 15

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield Section 5.3 and 10.7.2
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 3-3.3.2
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading other relevant sections of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.

April 24

  • Reading:
    • Relevant material in Binney & Merrifield Sections 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.6, 7.2.1, 10.4.3 and 10.6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 2.
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading other relevant sections of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.


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