AST9110 – Numerical Modeling
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides an introduction to numerical methods used in astrophysics and especially in modeling of systems described by the MHD equations.
After completing this course:
- you will have knowledge of discretization of simple hyperbolic PDE´s such as the advection equation
- you will be able to examine the stability of difference equations using von Neummann stability analysis
- you will have thorough knowledge of implicit and explicit numerical schemes and solution techniques for these
- you will acquire expertise in multi-grid methods
- you will acquire expertise in characteristic equations and boundary conditions based on these
- you will be able to give oral presentations of scientific articles in numerical methods, such as Godunov methods.
Admission to the course
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- Bachelor’s Degree from the programme Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor) or comparable
- 10 credits overlap with AST5110 – Numerical Modeling.
Teaching extends over one semester. There are usually two hours of lectures and two hours of group tuition each week but some of the weeks will be organized as self-study with supervision from the lecturer.
This course has a final oral examination which counts 100% in the grade assessment. Compulsory project assignments may be given and other methods of assessment can also be used.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed during the oral examination.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.