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Deciphering the Universe: Research Methods in Astrophysics

AST 303

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How do we observe and model the universe? We discuss the wide range of observational tools available to the modern astronomer: from space-based gamma ray telescopes, to globe-spanning radio interferometry, to optical telescopes and particle detectors. We review basic statistics and introduce students to techniques used in analysis and interpretation of modern data sets containing millions of galaxies, quasars and stars, as well as the numerical methods used by theoretical astrophysicists to model these data. The course is problem-set-based and aims to provide students with tools needed for independent research in astrophysics.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 22
  • Capacity: 45
  • Class Number: 20044
  • Schedule: MW 03:00 PM-04:20 PM