Radiation astronomy/Courses/Principles/Syllabus

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Aurorae are mostly caused by energetic electrons precipitating into the atmosphere. Credit: Samuel Blanc[1].

While this course may be taken in any order by each student, it may also be taken during a specific calendar period comparable to a university semester such as from January through May (Spring) or August through December (Fall).

This is a general syllabus for the course. Items under development for the course appear below. For specifics on the course content, see principles of radiation astronomy. For specifics per semester, check the appropriate term Spring or Fall.

Course registration[edit]

Anyone may enjoy learning by doing with any of the resources of this course at any time. No registration is required. Questions and comments are welcome on any of the course's resource "Discuss" pages. Just click on the "Add topic" button.

Those taking the course for possible credit at their home college or university may register on this resource's "Discuss" page by entering 4 ~s after any comment they care to leave indicating their intent. This will provide their username account here at Wikiversity.

Enjoy learning by doing!

Completion levels[edit]

This course is dynamic, but may also be taken as a semester offering by Wikiversity, see the Next course offering for the next formal class period. The current one started January 4, 2016 and ended May 8, 2016.

Each component resource may have a level of completion icon following it based on ≥ 100 kb equals 100 %, or 100 questions is 100 %, the midterm and final are based on 300 questions equals 100 %:

  1. This resource is a stub, which means that pretty well nothing has been done yet. 0-5%. Smiley green alien cry.svg
  2. This resource is just getting off the ground. Please feel welcome to help! 6-15%. Tulliana launch.png
  3. Been started, but most of the work is still to be done - 16-30%. SYawning.svg
  4. About halfway there. You may help to clarify and expand it - 31-45%. Face-blush.svg
  5. Almost complete, but you can help make it more thorough - 46-60%. Nuvola apps kcontrol.gif
  6. Ready for testing by learners and teachers. Please begin! 61-75%. Sweden road sign A10.svg
  7. This resource is considered to be ready for use - 76-90%. Emblem-extra-cool.svgR
  8. This resource has reached a high level of completion - 91-100%. Emblem-extra-cool.svgC

Those resources such as the lectures, problem sets, or laboratories already at 100 % may no longer have a completion icon.


The content of each report consists of each students efforts with each laboratory, lesson, or activity where a report is required or requested. Results are included in the lesson page.

For structure of each report, follow the pattern used with manuscripts submitted for refereed journal submission:

  1. title,
  2. author line,
  3. abstract - usually written after the rest of the report is finished, describe briefly what you did,
  4. introduction - describe what is being examined or studied in your own words or quote the laboratory or lesson, your own words are preferred,
  5. experimentation - what you did to accomplish the assignment,
  6. discussion - describe the applicability and shortcomings of your effort, objectivity is important, also include shortcomings of the assignment,
  7. conclusion - what astronomical conclusion if any have you arrived at.

For any report you generate, you can receive review of your efforts by placing a copy of your report as a subpage of your user page, eg, Your:Userpage/Your Report Title, leaving a note on this page's Discuss, or on the resource's "Discuss" page. If you wish to receive review but do not wish to release your efforts into Wikiversity, you may use the Wikiversity email to send me a copy. Your efforts are copyrighted. If your efforts indicate original effort, you may wish to enter them into consideration for free release at the Wikiversity Journals.


  1. On the date here in the syllabus that a resource for the course is assigned, the material remains unchanged until the course is over. Any changes to a resource while the course is in progress do not affect material the student is responsible for knowing.

Next course offering[edit]

The next offering of the full semester course begins on Monday, August 27, 2018, and runs into December 2018. This offering may be found at principles of radiation astronomy/Syllabus/Fall.

The following sections are an experimental form of the course under development for the Spring of 2019, or later.

Lectures under development[edit]

January 2, 2017, Monday[edit]

January 3, 2017, Tuesday[edit]

  • Quiz section lecture: Radiation.

January 7, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

January 8, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Energy phantoms, solutions including work steps due on January 15, 2015.

January 9, 2015, Friday[edit]

January 12, 2015, Monday[edit]

January 13, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

January 14, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

January 15, 2015, Thursday[edit]

January 16, 2015, Friday[edit]

January 19, 2015, Monday[edit]

January 20, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Laboratory: Cratering, report is due on January 27, 2015.

January 21, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

January 22, 2015, Thursday[edit]

January 23, 2015, Friday[edit]

January 26, 2015, Monday[edit]

January 27, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

January 28, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

January 29, 2015, Thursday[edit]

January 30, 2015, Friday[edit]

February 2, 2015, Monday[edit]

February 3, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Quiz section lecture: First astronomical X-ray source.

February 4, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

February 5, 2015, Thursday[edit]

February 6, 2015, Friday[edit]

February 9, 2015, Monday[edit]

February 10, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Hourly: Principles of radiation astronomy/Hourly 1 for lectures 1-16. Questions may include quiz section lectures, lessons, problem sets, and laboratories up to today but not today's laboratory or quiz section lecture.

February 11, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

February 12, 2015, Thursday[edit]

February 13, 2015, Friday[edit]

February 16, 2015, Monday[edit]

February 17, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Laboratory: Galaxies, report is due on February 24, 2015.

February 18, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

February 19, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Unusual units, solutions including work steps due on February 26, 2015.

February 20, 2015, Friday[edit]

February 23, 2015, Monday[edit]

February 24, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Quiz section lecture: Interplanetary medium.

February 25, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

February 26, 2015, Thursday[edit]

February 27, 2015, Friday[edit]

March 2, 2015, Monday[edit]

March 3, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

This quiz is for lectures up through and including violet astronomy (1-24), the prior weeks laboratories, quiz section lectures from the course beginning through and including interplanetary medium, lessons and problem sets through and including those due previously to today.

  • Quiz section lecture: interstellar medium.

March 4, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

March 5, 2015, Thursday[edit]

March 6, 2015, Friday[edit]

March 9, 2015, Monday[edit]

March 10, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Laboratory: Meteorites, report is due on March 17, 2015.

March 11, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

March 12, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Cosmic circuits, solutions including work steps due on March 19, 2015.

March 13, 2015, Friday[edit]

March 16, 2015, Monday[edit]

March 17, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

March 18, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

March 19, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Column densities, solutions including work steps due on March 26, 2015.

March 20, 2015, Friday[edit]

March 23, 2015, Monday[edit]

March 24, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

March 25, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

March 26, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Spectrographs, solutions including work steps due on April 2, 2015.

March 27, 2015, Friday[edit]

March 30, 2015, Monday[edit]

March 31, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

April 1, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

  • Lecture: Balloons for astronomy SYawning.svg.

April 2, 2015, Thursday[edit]

April 3, 2015, Friday[edit]

April 6, 2015, Monday[edit]

April 7, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

April 8, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

April 9, 2015, Thursday[edit]

April 10, 2015, Friday[edit]

April 13, 2015, Monday[edit]

April 14, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

April 15, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

April 16, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Radiation dosage, solutions including work steps due on April 23, 2015.

April 17, 2015, Friday[edit]

April 20, 2015, Monday[edit]

November 29, 2016, Tuesday[edit]

  • Quiz section lecture: X-ray trigonometric parallax.

April 22, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

April 23, 2015, Thursday[edit]

  • Problem set: Star jumping, solutions including work steps due on April 30, 2015.

April 24, 2015, Friday[edit]

April 27, 2015, Monday[edit]

April 28, 2015, Tuesday[edit]

  • Hourly: Principles of radiation astronomy/Hourly 3 for lectures 33-48, including quiz section lectures, lessons (except the last one), problem sets (except the last one), and laboratories not included in the first two hourlies.

April 29, 2015, Wednesday[edit]

April 30, 2015, Thursday[edit]

May 1, 2015, Friday[edit]

May 8, 2015, Friday[edit]

Alternate examinations that may be used by your college or university for credit (and a grade) in this course will be available from Wikiversity by courier for closed, proctored session testing of proficiency.


  1. Repetition through learning by doing improves a student's knowledge retention and test-taking skills.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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