SPAC 450: Class Information and Syllabus

Instructors
Patrick Hartigan (HBH 352; X2245)
Dave Young (SWRI)
Arthur Few (HBH 358; X3601)

Time: MW 1:00pm - 2:15pm, HBH344 (The `Moon' Room)

Texts
None required, but we recommend Bevington and Robinson's Introduction to Error Analysis in the Physical Sciences, and Walker's Astronomical Observations for the astronomy portion, and Gurney, Foster, and Parkinson's Atlas of Satellite Observations Related to Global Change for the Earth Science portion.

Grades
Each instructor has 50 points to assign in the class. These will be distributed among graded homework, individual and group projects, and class preparation as defined by the instructors in class.

1998 SYLLABUS
( Note Sept 7, Oct 19 are holidays)

STATISTICS
[PH; 2 lectures; Aug 31 -- Sept 2]
Poisson, Gaussian, Confidence Intervals
Error Propagation, Ranks

SPACE PARTICLE INSTRUMENTATION
[DY; 9 lectures Sept 9 -- Oct 7]
(i) History
(ii) Instrument Optics
(iii) Particle Optics
(iv) Particle Detectors
(v) Case Study of Building an Instrument
(vi) Calibration and Operation

ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION AND DATA ANALYSIS
[PH; 8 lectures Oct 12 -- Nov 9]
(i) Eye, Optical and IR Photometric Systems
(ii) Telescope Design
(iii) Bolometers, Intensified Systems
(iv) CCD Detectors for images, 1D and 2D Spectroscopy

EARTH OBSERVATIONS
[AF; 9 lectures Nov 11 -- Dec 9]
The objective of this section is to learn about remote sensing of the Earth environment by satellites - the technology, the capabilities, the limitations, and the expectations for future observations. In addition to the resource text listed above, we will utilize NASA resources on the internet.