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Aims of the AstroLab
The overall aim of the Level 3 Laboratory Course is to allow students
to build on the experience in experimental physics gained in the
previous years in the Department by carrying out an advanced project
and producing a scientific report. The AstroLab section offers a
variety of observational astronomy projects which focus on the
dynamical nature of the universe. The AstroLab objectives are
To appreciate the overall aim of the individual project
and its wider importance.
To learn how to gather experimental data on the universe
using a modern observatory.
To gain skills for the reduction and analysis of the
gathered, with particular reference to finding the
uncertainty on the
To produce a scientific report of the project which describes the
background, the experimental details, the data reduction, the
data analysis and the final result. The report should be
framed such that someone outside the laboratory itself, but with
a scientific background, is able to appreciate the project
and the work
undertaken. Further details on the format of the report can
be found on DUO.