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Course content

This course provides an introduction to numerical methods used in astrophysics and especially in modeling of systems described by the MHD equations.

Learning outcome

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).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with 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.

Language of examination

If the course is taught in English, exams will be given in English.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Students who are interested in registering for this course should send an email to studieinfo(at) to notify the department in charge. Please write "Registration AST5110" in the subject area. On registration, please provide your full name and your student number if you have one.

The course title was Theoretical Astrophysics until spring 2009.

Facts about this course






Not taught autumn 2019.

A minimum of three students are required to sign up for the course in order for this course to be offered; and for ordinary lectures to take place. The course can be organised as a special curriculum if less than three students sing up, but one cannot expect ordinary teaching.


Examinations will not be given for the autumn 2019 semester.  

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)