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Computational Astrophysics

Course 2019-2020

Please note that this course description is preliminary. The final course description will be released in the Summer of 2019.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Astronomy and/or Physics
  • Demonstrable knowledge of calculus
  • Experience with least one programming language

Description

During this course you will learn how to perform research with existing computational tools and simulation codes. This will be done using the AMUSE software. You will learn how to perform astronomical simulations using the AMUSE framework. Students, in groups of two, will have the choice from various projects to work on for a number of weeks and in the end give a presentation of the work done and the project results. We use the AMUSE environment to perform a number of simulations to study astrophysical phenomena.

Topics:

  • AMUSE in general
  • Gravitational dynamics
  • Stellar evolution
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Code coupling strategies
  • Python
  • Visualization
  • Algorithms

Course objectives

Be able to judge, select and adapt the proper numerical tools for conducting your own research.

Soft skills

In this course, students will be trained in the following behaviour-oriented skills:

  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)
  • Analytical skills (analytical thinking, abstraction)
  • Critical assessment (asking questions, assumption validation)
  • Creativity (resourcefulness, lateral thinking)
  • Collaboration (extreme programming, joined research)

Timetable

See Astronomy master schedules

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes

Assessment method

Blackboard

Students must enroll on Blackboard before the first lecture. Blackboard will be used to communicate with students and to share lecture slides, homework assignments, and any extra materials. To have access, you need a student ULCN account.

Reading list

Registration

Via uSis. More information about signing up for your classes can be found here. Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Lecturer: Prof.dr. S.F. (Simon) Portegies Zwart
Assistants: to be announced

Remarks

Admission is decided on the first day of the course by means of an exam.