AST5110 – Numerical Modeling
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course provides an introduction to numerical methods used in astrophysics and especially in modeling of systems described by the MHD equations.
Completion of the course provides expertise in the following:
- discretization of simple hyperbolic PDE's such as the advection equation
- examination of the stability of difference equations using von Neummann stabilty analysis
- implicit and explicit numerical schemes and solution techniques for these
- multi-grid methods
- characteristic equations and boundary conditions based on these
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme or comparable.
Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme, AST4210 – Stråling I (discontinued).
10 credits AST301.
The course will extend over an entire semester. There are usually two hours of lectures and two hours of group tuition a week but some of the weeks will be organised as self-study with guidance from the lecturer.
A final oral examination. Compulsory home exercises may be given. Letter grades.
Explanations and appeals
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.
The course is given if 3 or more students sign up.
The course title was Theoretical Astrophysics until spring 2010.