Astronomy 201a (Fall 2012):
Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics
TERM PROJECT GUIDELINES
The syllabus contains the basic description of what is expected of the term project/paper, but what follows are several other guidelines and useful resources.
The project/paper is due on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Please email the document to me (preferrably in PDF, but MSWord or other formats are okay) as well as turn in a paper version in class.
- Each journal has its own "author instructions" for preparing papers. The one for the Astrophysical Journal is close to being a community standard for astronomers; find it HERE. The AIP also has a good online "style manual" HERE.
- Solar physicist Rob Rutten has put together some useful notes and templates for using LaTeX for scientific writing.
- Astonomer Lynn Hillenbrand recently taught a course titled Writing in Astronomy, whose web page contains many links to helpful resources (scroll down in the above link).
- EXAMPLE TERM PAPERS:
- With some hesitation, I give you a link to my own 19 year old term paper from a solar physics course I took at the University of Delaware. (Apologies for the low-res scan, but no fully electronic version exists - the figures were hand-pasted into place!) Please don't use this as too literal a guide, however. For one thing, in that class the paper was only supposed to be a literature survey, so it's not exactly analogous to the one in this course.
- On the opposite extreme (i.e., a computation-heavy paper with nearly no literature survey) is this short paper on polytropic models. It is actually a professor's solution to an assigned problem set, but nonetheless it is of the right order of magnitude in length and "depth" as the computational work that I'm hoping you will do for this project.
Of course, googling "How to write an astronomy paper" will bring up lots of useful hints and tips, also....
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