M101 writeup


The format for your writeup should be that of an Astrophysical Journal paper. The following elements are necessary:

1. Title/author
2. Abstract: a short paragraph summarizing the goals, results, and scientific implications of your project.
3. Introduction: ~ 2 pages giving the scientific context: what is it that you are studying, why is it scientifically important, what have other similar studies shown, and how your project will address the scientific questions.
4. Data and Analysis: ~ 3 pages describing the details of the imaging data and how you analysed the images.
5. Results: ~ 3 pages describing quantitative results of the data analysis. Specific things you should include here:
6. Discussion: ~ 3 pages discussing the implications of your results. In particular, what do the morphology, surface brightness profile, and color profile tell you about the stellar populations in M101 and the galaxy's evolution history. Think about things like the star forming history of the galaxy, the environment of the galaxy, how it compares to other spiral galaxies (either individual spiral galaxies or spiral galaxy populations in general).
7. References: A listing (ApJ style) of references you've cited in your paper. You should have ~ 12-15 references from scientific journals or monographs (not textbooks, educational websites, or popular magazines).
8. Appendix: attach a copy of any code you wrote for your analysis.

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