Author Topic: Tips for someone wanting to go into the field of astronomy.  (Read 2402 times)

I am going to start schooling next fall in pursuing a degree in physics, with a focus on astrophysics. Personally I would like to study exoplanets, as that is a field that really interests me.

Anyway, let me get to my question. I graduated from high school 5 years ago, and in high school I didn't plan on wanting to go into the field of astronomy. What would any of you recommend for me to do to prepare for next fall and the 4+ years of college after that? My weakest subject is probably going to be math, just for the fact that I haven't done much for the past 5 years.

Any online courses, guides , or books that could help me prepare would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

James

Offline JH

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Zeilik and Gregory (https://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Astronomy-Astrophysics-Saunders-Sunburst/dp/0030062284) is pretty good if you don't have a background in the field. A more general introductory physics book would also be a good idea.

I'd definitely recommend brushing up on calculus and getting a head start on differential equations wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Zeilik and Gregory (https://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Astronomy-Astrophysics-Saunders-Sunburst/dp/0030062284) is pretty good if you don't have a background in the field. A more general introductory physics book would also be a good idea.

I'd definitely recommend brushing up on calculus and getting a head start on differential equations wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Thanks for the tips JH! I will check that book out.

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Hi,
You can start with some basic courses on astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology, cosmology, etc. For example, there are plenty of good ones on Coursera, or Udemy or studyastronomy. If you want to get more deeply knowledge there different university degrees. As I know that  Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology degree is such a good choice for the career in such field.

« Last Edit: 01/12/2018 03:28 PM by BellaHamilton »

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You might want to look into a community college or adult education calculus class just to refresh before hitting college full time.
Something to get back into the flow, without worrying about the grades to start ...

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Take a calculus book out from an academic library. An academic library is a library for a college or university.
e^(pi*i) = -1

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