Astronomy 490 Homework #8 Spring 2007
Important note: this is a NEW HW8 assignment; the version of HW8 originally handed out in class on April 2 will be saved for a future assignment. Instead, we will continue discussing Permultter et al. 1999 in the next class. This assignment also asks you to read some associated Sky&Telescope articles (easy reading) for background as well as updates concerning results of recent measurements of the cosmic microwave background.
Due date: Monday, April16 at start of class.
1. Read the Sky & Telescope articles. Record your questions and comments to turn in.
2. Reread the Perlmutter paper carefully.
3. Write a 1-2 page proposal for your final project. Before doing this, you must have
received approval for the general topic from the instructor (by email is okay).
Attach a list of 3 to 5 possible papers that you plan to focus on. You need not read the
papers in detail yet, but you will need to read enough of them (e.g., abstract,
introduction, conclusion) to know if they contain the kind of information you want
and need for your project. Remember that topics should be chosen in such a way that
what you have learned in previous courses to enables you to read the papers critically.
Note that there will still be room after this proposal is submitted to change your
selection of papers somewhat and/or modify your topic slightly if need be, in
consultation with the instructor.