What’s necessary for the lab course to be fun
You should have basic knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics,
as taught in the introductory lectures “Essentials of advanced astrophysics”.
Furthermore, you need the basic experimental skills from the
lab courses in your Bachelor’s studies.
In case theory and application of any of the items in the list below is unclear to you,
you should review your astrophysics lecture notes and your lab courses in physics:
unless you have the necessary background, you won’t have fun.
But without fun you won’t learn much during the labs.
- Parallaxes and distances.
- Doppler shift, redshift.
- Error propagation.
- Poissonian and Gaussian statistics.
- Linear regression.
- Boltzmann, Fermi, Dirac distributions.
- Saha-Boltzmann equation.
- Hydrogen atom, Lyman, Balmer, etc. lines.