Astronomy 210 | Fall 2010

Exams, Homework, and Projects


Hour Exam 1

First Page: FrontPageHE1.pdf
Sample Questions: HE1_SampleQs.pdf
Exam with solutions

Hour Exam 2

First Page: FrontPageHE2.pdf
Sample Questions: HE2_SampleQs.pdf
Exam with solutions

Final Exam

First page and sample questions: FinalSampleQ.pdf


Homework will be posted each Friday (except the Friday before an exam) and will be due in class the following Friday.

You are strongly encouraged to work with partners on the homework! However, you should make sure that you understand every aspect of every problem, and you should write up and hand in your own solution! Be assured that some of the exam questions will be very similar to previous homework assignments!

Your solution should be legible and include all calculations together with explanations of what you're doing. The TA is not responsible for deciphering unreadable or unintelligible solution sets! You may not get any credit if you just state the final answer.

If the final answer is obviously wrong (e.g., you find that the radius of the sun is 3 cm), comment! Otherwise, you may not get partial credit!

Assignment Due Date Problems Solutions
HW 1 Fri Sept 3 hw1.pdf answers: hw1_key.pdf
HW 2 Fri Sept 10 hw2.pdf answers: hw2_key.pdf
HW 3 Fri Sept 17 hw3.pdf answers: hw3_key.pdf
HW 4 Fri Oct 1 hw4.pdf answers: hw4_key.pdf
HW 5 Fri Oct 8 hw5.pdf answers: hw5_key.pdf
HW 6 Fri Oct 15 hw6.pdf answers: hw6_key.pdf
HW 7 Fri Oct 22 hw7.pdf answers: hw7_key.pdf
HW 8 Fri Nov 5 hw8.pdf answers: hw8_key.pdf
HW 9 Fri Nov 12 hw9.pdf answers: hw9_key.pdf
HW 10 Fri Dec 3 hw10.pdf answers:

Computational Project

The penultimate homework uses computer-based analysis to get important astrophysics results. There are two options, one involving basic programming to simulate a star, the other involving collection and analysis to derive properties of galaxies in the local and distant universe. You should choose one of these projects and do them. The workload is intended to be about the same as a usual homework.
Computational Project Option #1: A White Dwarf in Your Computer pdf file
Computational Project Option #2: Surveying the Universe Online pdf file

Observing and Planetarium Reports

Brian Fields
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