Astronomy 490, Spring 2007

Course Information

Reading Topic Areas

Description of Assignments

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

First-day questionnaire

Colloquium assignment


Readings and Homeworks
Date listed is date on which homework is due and paper(s) will be discussed
Feb 05 ( HW1 |Brown et al. 2005 | Basri and Brown 2006 )
Feb 12 ( HW2 |Remillard et al. 1992 )
Feb 19 ( HW3 |Weaver et al. 2006 |Chiang et al. 2007 )
Feb 26 ( HW4 | Basri and Brown 2006 |"The Inside Story of Pluto's Demotion" Gingerich 2006 |"Pluto Doesn't Care" Tresch-Fienberg 2006 )
Mar 5, 12 ( HW5 |Ghez et al. 2005 )
Mar 19, 26 ( HW6 |Riess 2000 )
Apr 2 ( HW7 |Perlmutter et al. 1999 |Perlmutter 2003 )
Apr 16 (note change to original assignment!) ( HW8 |Perlmutter et al. 1999 |Carroll 2005 |Nadis 2005 |Naeye 2006 )
Apr 23 ( HW9 |Taylor 2006 )
Apr 30 ( HW10 (note change to journal article!) |Faulkner et al. 2005 |Winn 1999 )
May 7 ( HW11 |Luhman et al. 2007 |Waller 2003 |Basri 2005 |Kaler 2000 )

Resources for finding journal articles
Search engines ( ADS abstracts |astro-ph preprints )
Professional Journals (U.S.) ( ApJ |ApJ Letters rapid release |AJ |PASP |PRD )
Professional Journals (Europe) ( A&A |MNRAS )
Review journals ( ARAA) |AREPS)
Yet more journals (incomplete access through SFSU) ( Nature) |Science)

Resources for finding popular science articles
( Scientific American |Physics Today |Sky and Telescope Magazine )