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01-01-2013, 10:36 AM
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Undergraduate education does matter since that's where graduate schools feed from. A reputable university should be able to do both at a decent level.

Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post

As some advice, if you're going into astronomy, you need to know some:

1) Statistics
2) Computer Science / Programming
I got CS covered into a numerical physics class; we learned stuff about things like chaos as well as numerical methods but applying that stuff was done in computer labs where we were expected to code and yield results from it.

Three of the eight graded labs pertained to astronomy:

- Lab #4 (actually the second graded lab; the first two were non-graded) pertained to planetary orbits in a single-star system with one planet and, later two planets initially placed very close together
- Lab #8 was about stellar radiance (and where we used Fourier series)
- The final project, which was an extension of lab #4, where you have to simulate a stellar system with not one but two and, ultimately, three planets, with a caveat on the planet at 1 AU, which has to be a super-Jupiter whose mass is 2% that of the Sun.

But is the statistics elective from CEGEP (a course that a CEGEP student can choose from a list that contains MV calculus and statistics) useful to do astronomy?

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