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hw4 - UCF Physics AST 5765/4762(Advanced Astronomical Data...

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UCF Physics: AST 5765/4762: (Advanced) Astronomical Data Analysis Fall 2009 Homework 4 Due Tuesday 22 September 2009 Work: Become sufficiently familiar with Python to: 1. Read and write FITS files 2. Read, alter, and add header items 3. Read, parse, and write ASCII data files 4. Produce PDF and PNG versions of plots or images 5. Display and explore an astronomical image with ds9 Become sufficiently familiar with probability and error analysis to: 1. Understand all the terms used as headings or italicized in the reading assignments. 2. Calculate the mean, median, standard deviation, and mode of a group of measurements. 3. Understand the Gaussian and Poisson distributions, their parameters, and their application in astronomical observation. 4. Memorize the formula for the Gaussian distribution. Resources: 1. The DS9 documentation: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/RD/ds9/ , also in the class online space. 2. Chapters 1 and 2 of Bevington ( DUE before class Tuesday, 15 September 2007) 3. Chapters 3 and 4 of Bevington ( DUE
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