hw5 - UCF Physics: AST 5765/4762: (Advanced) Astronomical...

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UCF Physics: AST 5765/4762: (Advanced) Astronomical Data Analysis Fall 2009 Homework 5 Due Tuesday 29 September 2009 Work: 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. Chapter 6 of Bevington ( DUE before class Tuesday, 29 September 2009) 2. Chapters 1 and 2 of Howell ( DUE before class Thursday, 1 October 2009) 3. Visit the site http://pan-starrs.ifa.hawaii.edu/. Skim all but read Design, particularly Camera Design ( DUE before class Thursday, 1 October 2009). 4. AST 5765 only: Sections 14.1 – 14.3, 14.8 of Press ( DUE before class Thursday, 1 October 2009) Hand in: 1. Create a sample with 396 draws from a Poisson distribution with
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