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Thomas R. Quinn
ASTR 427
Seattle Campus

Methods of Computational Astrophysics

Provides hands-on experiences in writing computer programs to solve astrophysics problems. Topics include: interpolation and extrapolation, integration, ordinary, differential equations, root finding, optimization, linear algebra, Monte-Carlo partial differential equations, and parallel techniques.

Class description

Student learning goals

The student will understand performance issues and limitations of floating point arithmetic on computers.

The student will be able to express and solve several types of astrophysics calculations within a computer program.

The student will have skills to assess correctness of computed results.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The grades will be entirely based on 5 programming assignments. Correctness of results, program performance, and readability will be used as grading criteria.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thomas R. Quinn
Date: 09/06/2011