Hey, I go to the University of Rochester, and I am currently entering my sophomore year as a physics major. Speaking to one of the physics department's staff members at the school, I was able to set up a research position with one of the professors in the astrophysics department. In order for this research position to actually occur, I have to have a "basic" knowledge of c++. I was then given the opportunity to learn this basic knowledge over the summer. Mind you my study of this will be unguided by University standards. So I bought a hefty book, downloaded c++ from bloodshed, found a university course online for an intro to c++, and I've been on my way for the past week. Now my question is (sorry for the long pre-amble), what in god's name does this woman mean by "basic"? Any idea on how much I am expected to know for a research position in the field of Astrophysics? The professor Alice Quillen, deals a lot with models of planetary and galaxy formation. Any ideas?