Major Project - Computational Astrophysics
Get practical and simulate a detailed understanding of contemporary astrophysical concepts. Calculate solutions using numerical modelling and data analysis. Map the universe using technology to find new phenomena. Experiment and record investigations.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Appreciate the use of computer simulations in modern astrophysics
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a particular aspect of computational astrophysics
- Write a project proposal which includes a research plan, the project aims, objectives and expected outcomes
- Undertake independent research
- Keep a comprehensive record of research methodologies and references/resources utilised
- Write a detailed and summary report of techniques used, investigations undertaken and conclusions reached in the project
- Synthesise the research results in a short poster summary.
- Pulsar population synthesis
- Galactic dynamics
- Galaxy mergers
- Solar systems dynamics
- Stellar evolution
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
You should complete introductory tertiary-level mathematics & physics (or equivalent). Note that some topics have additional prerequisites of AST80005 or AST80016.
No special requirements
This subject develops a detailed understanding of specific astrophysical concepts with the aid of computer simulations, and provides practical experience in the use of numerical modelling and data analysis. You develop your ability to keep a comprehensive record of experimental investigations, to write a detailed summary report of techniques used and investigations undertaken and to communicate effectively about the outcomes of your work.
- Project (20%)
- Assignment (20%)
- Report (60%)