Graduate and Doctoral Courses

Last Offered Fall 2024

Computational Space Physics: an elective 3 credit hours graduate (ISC 5415/AST 5760) and undergraduate (ISC 4933/PHY 4936) course.

If you are interested in modeling heavenly bodies, motion of stars in a few body system, evaporation of a molecular cloud, or perhaps stellar explosion, chances are you will need at least a few bits of knowledge provided in this series of lectures and computer labs!

ISC 5415. Computational Space Physics (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2312, MAS 3105, or instructor permission. This course offers an introduction to numerical methods in the context of observational and theoretical astrophysics. The course covers interpolation, approximation, minimization and optimization, solution of linear systems of equations, random number generation, function integration, numerical differentiation, numerical integration of ordinary differential equations, stiff systems of ODEs, survey of methods for partial differential equations (Poisson equation, heat diffusion, and hydrodynamics).

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