Astronomy Graduate Courses • Fall 2016


Python for Data Science - Astro 250

Python for Data Science

Astro 250

CCN: 13410

Instructor: Josh Bloom

Python is becoming the de facto superglue language for modern scientific computing. In this course we will learn Pythonic interactions with databases, imaging processing, advanced statistical and numerical packages, web frameworks, machine-learning, and parallelism. Each week will involve lectures and coding projects. In the final project, students will build a working codebase useful for their own research domain. This class is for any student working in a quantitative discipline and with familiarity with Python. Those who completed the Python Bootcamp or equivalent will be eligible

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Radiation Processes in Astronomy - Astro C207

Radiation Processes in Astronomy

Astro C207

CCN: 13414

Instructor: Aaron Parsons

An introduction to the basic physics of astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate level. Principles of energy transfer by radiation. Elements of classical and quantum theory of photon emission; bremsstrahlung, cyclotron and synchrotron radiation. Compton scattering, atomic, molecular and nuclear electromagnetic transitions. Collisional excitation of atoms, molecules and nuclei.  

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Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology - Astro C228

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

Astro C228

Physics C228

CCN: 13415

Instructor: Uros Seljak

A survey of physical cosmology - the study of the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe. Topics include the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker model, thermal history and big bang nucleosynthesis, evidence and nature of dark matter and dark energy, the formation and growth of galaxies and large scale structure, the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave radiation, inflation in the early universe, tests of cosmological models, and current research areas. The course complements the material of Astronomy 218.

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Special Topics in Astrophysics - Stellar Populations - Astro 250

Special Topics in Astrophysics - Stellar Populations

Astro 250

CCN: 33619

Instructor: Dan Weisz

This class is a survey of contemporary extragalactic stellar populations. We will cover such topics as the IMF, ages of stars and galaxies, dust, modeling resolved and unresolved stellar systems, and interpreting observations of galaxies at various redshifts. This class involves reading and discussion of key current and historical papers, and gaining an appreciation for challenges in the field through select coding exercises and problem sets.

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