UT AST 309L - AST 309L Review sheet for Exam 2 (8 pages)

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AST 309L Review sheet for Exam 2

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University of Texas at Austin
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Ast 309l - Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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AST 309L Review sheet for Exam 2 This document assumes you have completed all the reading and have looked over the suggested questions at the end of each chapter This review first outlines the material you are supposed to read then gives some sample questions from each part of the exam and finally gives a long narrative review document that goes over the material from chapters 5 and 6 in more detail and with commentary Material on Chapter 11 detection and properties of exoplanets and biosignatures This is ONLY sec 11 2 lecture notes and Wikipedia Extrasolar planets 11 3 The possibility that the Earth is rare and 11 4 the Hertzsprung Russell diagram are not on the exam We may cover 11 3 after the exam In Wiki Link to page on Methods of detecting extrasolar planets up to date of notable exoplanet discoveries with links See Gliese 581c d Link to separate article on superearths Read Cosmic Calculations 11 1 p 377 Understand implications of Figure 11 17 Section on Life detection is brief but was covered in more detail in class Know something about Kepler GAIA SIM Terrestrial Planet Finder Darwin especially what technique each will use The topics in 11 2 are straightforward if technical in places so you should let the suggested end ofchapter questions and the review and sample questions given here be your guide Also notice that we covered this in more detail in class especially the material on direct detection and biomarkers Nearly all of this can be condensed into three areas 1 The different techniques used for exoplanet detection The only topic in the text not covered in class or on the exam is the technique of gravitational microlensing although I do expect you to have a simple idea of what that phrase means but you don t have to know any of the advantages or disadvantages of the technique 2 Properties of exoplanet systems discovered so far e g surprising differences or similarities to our solar system 3 Strategies for detection of biomarkers in exoplanet absorption



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