Field Guide to Extrasolar Planets

A course on extrasolar planets, taught at Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU), fall 2016. This is based in part on a course taught with Joel Kastner at RIT in spring 2015.

Course material can be found online at

Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.

Lectures. The list below serves a general guide to the topics and their sequence, but is not definitive.

Homework sets

  1. Statistics of exoplanets and finding a period
    due Tuesday, Oct 11, at 16:50.
  2. Detecting planets via radial velocity variations
    Due Monday, Oct 24, at 16:50.
    Please see hint, added 10/21/2016
  3. Detecting planets via transits
    Due Monday, Oct 31, at 16:50.
  4. Final Project: posters Final deadline: 5:00 PM on Thu, Nov 17, 2016
  5. Some resources for your final poster project:

For more information:

There are many, many sources for information about exoplanets. Below are just a few that we may visit frequently during the course.

This page maintained by Michael Richmond. Last modified Nov 17, 2016.