This module develops an understanding of basic concepts and offers practical experience with the techniques of quantitative data analysis.  Beginning with fundamental concepts of probability theory and random variables, practical techniques are developed for using quantitative observational data to answer questions and test hypothesis about models of the physical world.  Students develop their computer programming skills, build a data analysis toolkit, and gain practical experience by analysing real data sets. The two projects involve periodogram analysis of quasi-periodic oscillations in the HST light curve of an eclipsing dwarf nova, and a cross-correlation radial velocity analysis and mass estimation for a black hole binary, based on spectra from the Keck 10m telescope.


Institution: St Andrews
Hours Equivalent Credit: 27