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Ast 777: Star and Planet Formation
Fall 2022 Monday, Wednesday 1:15-2:15pm
Jonathan Williams, C-209


This is a 16-week, two credit graduate seminar to discuss the background and current status of research into the formation of stars and planets. I will present a series of lectures and end with some tutorials on ALMA observations and analysis and the capabilities of various Maunakea facilties for research in this field. We will also read and discuss some of the review chapters for the Protostars and Planets VII series which have recently been posted in advance of next year's meeting in Kyoto. All the lectures and assigned reading will be posted on this page below the course calendar.


The Monday classes will be for lectures and the Wednesdays for discussion of the PP7 chapters and hackathons related to the problem sets. (But we start off with a burst of two lectures per week to get you up to speed.) Every two weeks, a problem set will be assigned and the previous one will be due. The course grade will be weighted 25% on your participation to in-class discussions of the PP7 chapters and 75% on the problem sets. There is no final exam.


Many of the problem sets will involve data analysis that is best carried out in python (a language that you will need to know as you progress toward a PhD). If you are new to scientific computing and/or python, there are many online resources that I will point out and we will have hackathons as necessary so I and your classmates can share advice on how to tackle common issues in the problem sets. As a two credit class, your out-of-class workload should average about 4 hours per week.




Protostars and Planets VII chapters
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is invited to contact me privately. I would be happy to work with you, and the KOKUA Program (Office for Students with Disabilities) to ensure reasonable accommodations in my course. KOKUA can be reached at (808) 956-7511 or (808) 956-7612 (voice/text) in room 013 of the Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services.