First Year Research Experience (Phys 194): Clocking Dead Stars with Radio Telescopes

Fall 2017, David Kaplan, Joe Swiggum



Lectures (PHYS 122): Monday, 1p-2:15p; Wednesday, 1p-2:50p.  Attendance and participation at lectures is required.

Lecturers:
Course Description: This is a research-driven course designed to introduce students to current topics and methodologies in astrophysics research. Students will: Course Website: http://www.gravity.phys.uwm.edu/~kaplan/FYRE/ (this page)
Lecture notes, reading assignments, and problem sets will be posted there.
Programming basics will be done through https://groklearning.com. Support with GROK is via support@groklearning.com

Course Textbook: None
Evaluation:
Prerequisites: basic physics (algebra-based).  Students should have completed Physics 120 (or 209), or have consent of the instructor.  Math placement level B is required; knowledge of algebra, basic geometry, and basic trigonometry is assumed.

News:
Handouts:
  1. Syllabus (Aug 28, 2017)
  2. Lecture Notes (Updated Oct 2, 2017)
  3. Intro to radio astronomy and pulsars (Updated September 11, 2017)
  4. Observing proposal examples:
    1. GBNCC Timing
    2. Arecibo MSP Searching
    3. GBT Nulling
  5. Timing tasks
In-Class Assignments:
  1. Assignment 1
  2. Assignment 2
  3. Assignment 3
  4. Assignment 4
  5. Assignment 5
    1. Jacob's solution to Assignment 5
  6. Assignment 6
  7. Assignment 7
  8. Assignment 8
Problem Sets:
  1. PS1 (Sep 6, 2017; due Sep 13, 2017)
  2. PS2 (Sep 13, 2017; due Sep 20, 2017)
  3. PS3 (Sep 20, 2017; due Sep 27, 2017)
  4. PS4 (Sep 27, 2017; due Oct 4, 2017)
  5. PS5 (Oct 4, 2017; due Oct 11, 2017)
  6. PS6 (Oct 11, 2017; due Oct 18/25, 2017)
Links:
  1. CGS Units
  2. NASA Astrophysics Data System Astronomy Query
  3. ATNF Pulsar Catalog
  4. Unix tutorial
  5. Unix tutorial 1, Unix tutorial 2
  6. Beginner's guide to VIM
  7. ADS Library for NANOGrav
  8. Wikipedia list of radio telescopes