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J Davenport
ASTR 497
Seattle Campus

Topics in Current Astronomy

Recent developments in one field of astronomy or astrophysics.

Class description

Practical IDL programming and data analysis skills applicable to undergraduates doing research in Astronomy.

Student learning goals

Reading and Writing data with IDL

Basic photometry and spectroscopy with IDL

Writing efficient programs for data analysis

Making useful scientific figures

General method of instruction

1 hour of guided programming in lab on Tuesdays, extra lab session with TA available on Thursdays.

Recommended preparation

Students should have taken Astr 300 and have a basic familiarity with Astronomy department Linux computers.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on completion of 7 equally weighted labs


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by J Davenport
Date: 02/17/2010