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PAP313 Variable Stars, 5 cr 
Code PAP313  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Variable Stars  Abbreviation Variable Stars 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
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    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Description
Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

 
Timing 

There is no recommended time for completion.

The course may be offered in the autumn term. It is held once in every two years.

 
Learning outcomes 

Previously unpublished photometry of a chromospherically active star is analysed with different period analysis methods. Detailed modelling of the light curves is performed. The following phenomena are studied: activity cycles, active longitudes and differential rotation. Basic scientific writing and reading is practiced, as well as the use of references and databases. The aim is to report the results in a refereed paper, where the authors will be all the students that pass the course. The best student will be the main author.

 
Completion methods 

There will be 2x45 minutes of lectures, i.e. contact teaching, during every week. There are no exams. The students will perform group and personal assignments. The number of assignments completed by the student determines the grade received of this course. The attendance to lectures is voluntary. However, the assingments must be returned in the time given to complete them.

 
Prerequisites 

The methods taught in the course "Time Series Analysis in Astronomy" are applied in this course. Previous programming experience is useful (e.g. Scientific Computing I), because the assignments are performed with IDL or python programming languages.

 
Recommended optional studies 

Time Series Analysis in Astronomy

 
Contents 

Studying the presence of activity cycles, active longitudes and differential rotation in real unpublished photometric data. Learning basic scientific writing, reading and use of references, as well as databases. The aim is to report the results in a refereed paper, where the authors will be all the students that pass the course. The best student will be the main author.

 
Study materials and literature 

All neceassary material can be found in the lecture notes at course home-page. Supplementary material can be found in the publications listed on the same home-page.

 
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and independent work in completing the given assingments. Personal advice from the lecturer and assistant of the course.

 
Assessment practices and criteria 

There are no exams. The students will perform group and/or personal assignments. The number of assignments completed by the student determines the grade received of this course.

 


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