# Assignments

ASSIGNMENT | TOPICS | ASSIGNMENT fILES |
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1 | Aristarchus' Method of Determining the Distance to the Moon Aristarchus' Method of Determining the Distance to the Sun Accuracy of Parallax Measurements of Stars Distances to the Four Closest Stars Practice with Angles Solar Power Power Output |
(PDF) |

2 | Copernicus' Method of Finding the Distance to an Inferior Planet Copernicus' Method of Finding the Distance to a Superior Planet Mass of Jupiter Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy Geosynchronous Satellite Dynamical Timescale of the Earth |
(PDF) |

3 | Eccentric Orbits Doppler Effect Determination of the AU from Doppler Shifts Determining the Mass of a Neutron Star Planetary Orbital Periods Refraction Optics Problem |
(PDF) |

4 | Short Problems on the Sensitivity and Angular Resolution of Telescopes Three-Slit Diffraction Problem Divergence of a Laser Beam X-Ray Mirror Semiclassical Derivation of the Energy Levels of the Hydrogen Atom Short Optics Problems Snell's Law Derived from Fermat's Principle |
(PDF) |

5 | Derivation of the Stefan-Boltzmann and Wien Radiation Laws Short Answer Questions on Magnitudes Moving Cluster Method - The Hyades Cluster Binary Orbit 1, 2, 3, and 4 |
(PDF) |

6 | Magnitudes Planck Distribution The Visual and Spectroscopic Binary Sirius A and B Short Binary Problems from Zeilik and Gregory Short Questions on Spectral Types Eclipsing Binary Binary Radio Pulsar |
(PDF) |

7 | Spectroscopic Parallax Orbiting Globular Cluster Spherical, Uniform-Density Model of the Galaxy Model Galactic Rotation Curve Absorption in the Galactic Plane Rotation Curve |
(PDF) |

8 | Constructing the Galactic Rotation Curve Oort Constants Kinematic Distances Simplified Model of a Star Fueling the Sun Main-Sequence Lifetimes Nuclear Binding Energies |
(PDF) |

9 | Dimensional Analysis of Equations of Stellar Structure Spectroscopic Parallax for a Globular Cluster Ascending the Giant Branch Mean Density of Collapsed Stars Cooling White Dwarf Maximum Rotation Rate for a Pulsar Pulsar Spin-Down Blackbody Radiation from a Neutron Star |
(PDF) |

10 | Collapsing White Dwarf Maximum Distances for Applying Standard Candles Distance to a Nova Optical Luminosity of a Supernova at Maximum Cepheid Variables as Distance Indicators Variations in the Radius of Cepheid Variables |
(PDF) |

11 | X-Ray Burst Source Accretion Powered X-Ray Source Interstellar Extinction 21-cm Hydrogen Radiation Distance to a Dark Cloud Short Problems Short Problems Planetary Nebula |
(PDF) |

12 | Orbiting Galaxies Distance Determinations Galaxy Redshift from the Ca II K Line Measuring a Quasar Redshift Identifying the Lines and Determining the Redshift of a Quasar A Simple Determination of the Hubble Law Free-Fall Time for a Cluster of Galaxies Luminosity Function of Galaxies in Rich Clusters |
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13 | Relativistic Doppler Effect Cygnus A Radio Galaxy Feeding a Black Hole Distance-Redshift Relation H _{0}, τ_{0}, and ρ_{crit
}Expanding Balloon AnalogyScale Factor and Age vs. Redshift Dust in the Universe |
(PDF) |

The following computational problem sets are optional. For reference on the Runge-Kutta method of numerical integration, please see Numerical Recipes in Fortran, Chapter 16.1.

OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT | TOPICS | SOLUTIONS |
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1 | The Kepler Problem (PDF) | (PDF - 2.5 MB) |

2 | Stellar Polytropes (PDF) | (PDF - 1.6 MB) |

3 | White Dwarf Models (PDF) |