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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 320 (GN) Observational Astronomy Laboratory (2) Basic observational astronomy techniques introduced through observational exercises, lab experiments, and lectures on relevant statistical techniques.

ASTRO 320 Observational Astronomy Laboratory (2)

ASTRO 320 will provide students with practical experience in basic observational and laboratory aspects of astronomical data collection and analysis, including an introduction to associated statistical concepts. Observational techniques will be introduced through an observing project using a telescope with a CCS imaging camera. Lectures will introduce fundamental principles including Poisson and Gaussian statistics, measurement precision, propagation of errors, and systematic uncertainties. These principles will be put into practice in the observing project and with laboratory experiments investigating the properties of light and cosmic rays. Experiments include: a cosmic ray telescope; a Michelson interferometer; a photodiode and monochromator; laser interference, diffraction and refraction; fluorescent gases; and a diffraction grating spectrometer.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: ASTRO 291

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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