AST9110 – 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
- presenting scientific articles in numerical methods, such as Godunov methods, orally
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
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 overlap with AST301
- 10 credits overlap with AST5110 – Numerical Modeling
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. Pass/fail.
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)astro.uio.no to notify the department in charge. Please write "Registration AST9110" 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 2010.