Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 7690: Seminar: Computational Astrophysics

Credit Hours3
Cross-listed with

PHYS 7680. Co-meets with PHYS 4480.


Assumes familiarity with standard mathematical methods for physical sciences and engineering (differential equations, Fourier transforms, and linear algebra) and with some form of computer programming (e.g., C++, Octave, Mathematica, or Python).  S/U grades only.

Typically OfferedSpring

Covers numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and eigenvalue problems, integration, nonlinear equations, optimization, and fast Fourier transforms. Find out how and why the “black-box” numerical routines you use work, how to improve and generalize them, and how to fix them when they don’t. Based on the text Numerical Recipes by William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling, and Brian P. Flannery.