Saturday, November 12, 2011

A few pics from our mystery field trip

Assignment #7

In preparation for the upcoming class meeting on November 16, here is Assignment #7.

Plan for the remainder of the term:

11/16 --
The Palomar Transient Factory
Careers and minority/women issues in Astronomy
Guests: Dr. Mansi Kasliwal, Professor John Johnson

11/23 --
Day before Thanksgiving; no class

11/30 --
Last class meetings; term papers and presentations due
Guest: Professor Wal Sargent

12/03 --
Field trip to Mt. Wilson Observatory. Meet at 9am in front of Cahill.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

LaTeX resources

Since you guys will be writing your term papers using LaTex, I thought I should collect some resources for you to ease getting into using LaTeX.

I have put together a tarball (What's a tarball?) with template files for your term paper. The tarball can be downloaded from here.
It contains the latex file mypaper.tex, the bibtex bibliography file mypaper.bib and an image that will be included in the document.
The first thing you should to is to use a text editor to look at the .tex and the .bib files!

    Assignment #6 and updates

    Hi all,

    Assignment #6 is available for download.

    Links to reading:

    Update on the term project:

    Based on the feedback you have provided in the anonymous FS 001 survey, I have decided to change the term project. Your charge is now:
    • Using LaTex, write a 5-page (double spaced) term paper on the kind of explosion you had picked for the video. Continue to work in groups of two. Use proper citation and bibliography.
    • Prepare a 20-minute presentation based on your choice of explosion (the same you discuss in on your paper).
    Both things are due in the final class meeting on 11/30.