HELP: Weeks 8-9 (The end is in sight)

Over the last couple of weeks, we have mainly focused on wrapping up loose ends, with filling out data that we’d already got equations for, fixing some error parts, and some other little bits here and there. But the end is in sight! Report writing is now well underway, hoping to get it done with some days to spare, for reading over and checking everything. A slight spanner in the works has been thrown in that we are actually not expected to have a theory section and instead it should be integrated into other sections of the report. After having thought about it for a little while, Harry and I discussed it and came to the conclusion that just continuing what we were doing was best and then copy pasting bits and bobs from the theory and putting it in other sections instead once everything was finished was what would work best. This would allow us all to continue working on our separate sections without getting in each other’s way. This does mean that some parts may need rewording at the end, but this is again part of the reason we hope to finish with enough time before the deadline.  

We also have created a presentation with some plots and results and a summary of our project to present to our peers at the end of week 18, which took up a lot of our time.  It was a good opportunity to prepare for the PLACE mini-conference, which takes place later this year.

Monte Carlo method 

Other than finishing off loose ends, another aspect that we have been focused on, but particularly Harry is using the Monte Carlo method to get our final number of planets that fit within these parameters and their error. This method fits Gaussian’s over all parameters within two standard deviations and after running it 100 times, an average is found and it gives a realistic estimate with errors for the amount of planets that fit into our parameter limitations, accounting for errors.  

The results found for different limits of our parameters can be seen here: 


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We have spent the last few weeks writing the scientific report that explains the background and methodology of our investigation in more detail and further analyses and discusses the data above. If you are interested in reading it, it will be published in this Summer’s edition of NLUAstro, with the other PHYS 369 Group Projects from this year, so please keep an eye out for it.

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