I'm new to my research team and

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In summary, the speaker was offered a position to analyze exoplanet data and is new to physics and astronomy. They are concerned about their qualifications and are looking for suggestions on what areas of math to brush up on. They were also provided with a link to a website with relevant information.
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Today I was offered a position to analyze data concerning exoplanets. Apparently this isn't very hard, but I am new to physics and astronomy. I don't have many resources available, and concerned that if I express this to my advisor I'll look a little under qualified, I'm a quick study and was wondering what things I should look into before I start (especially which areas of math I should brush up on).

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hi,

not sure what kind of data and for what purpose, but here is a url to some people that spoke about exoplanets back in oct. 07

http://iaus249.nju.edu.cn/speakers.htm

might want to look for articles they wrote
 
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for your question! First of all, congratulations on joining a research team and being offered the opportunity to analyze data on exoplanets. It's normal to feel a little overwhelmed when starting a new project, especially in a field that may be new to you. Rest assured, your advisor and team members are there to support you and help you learn.

In terms of resources, have you checked with your advisor or colleagues for any recommended readings or online tutorials? They may have some helpful suggestions for you. Additionally, there are many online resources and textbooks available for learning about physics and astronomy. You can also reach out to other researchers in the field for advice and guidance.

In terms of math, it would be beneficial to brush up on basic calculus and statistics. These are fundamental tools for analyzing data in any scientific field. Additionally, depending on the specific type of data you will be analyzing, you may also want to review linear algebra and differential equations.

Remember, it's okay to ask questions and admit that you are new to a field. Your team will appreciate your honesty and enthusiasm to learn. Good luck with your research and don't hesitate to reach out for help or guidance along the way.
 

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