Astronomy Graduate Courses • Spring 2017


Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics - Astro C202

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Astro C202

Physics C202

CCN: 13187

Instructor: Chung-Pei Ma

Principles of gas dynamics, self-gravitating fluids, magnetohydrodynamics and elementary kinetic theory. Aspects of convection, fluid oscillations, linear instabilities, spiral density waves, shock waves, turbulence, accretion disks, stellar winds, and jets.

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Astrophysical Techniques - Astro 203

Astrophysical Techniques

Astro 203

CCN: 13188

Instructor: James Graham

Introduction to the flow of astronomical signals through telescope optics and into detectors; subsequent calibration, deconvolution of instrumental artifacts, and analysis. A broad wavelength approach is maintained with focus on shared fundamental concepts. Students "adopt a wavelength band" for assignments and presentations. Analysis and simulation of astronomical signals, noise, and errors.

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Introduction to High Performance Computing for Astrophysicists - Astro 250

Introduction to High Performance Computing for Astrophysicists

Astro 250

CCN: 13191

Instructor: Peter Nugent

This course will provide an introduction to High Performance Computing at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) for astrophysicists. The course will teach students how to use Unix, shell scripting, makefiles, compilers, revision control systems, etc., on a cutting edge HPC system. Students will be given accounts at NERSC in order to gain experience running a variety of current parallel codes in astrophysics, from large-scale simulations to big-data analysis of observational data sets.

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Order of Magnitude Astrophysics - Astro 250

Order of Magnitude Astrophysics

Astro 250

CCN: 13192

Instructor: Jessica Lu

This course will introduce you to order-­of-­magnitude estimation, the practice of solving complex problems approximately, within a factor of 10. In this course, you will learn how to estimate solutions by breaking problems into smaller pieces, making intelligent approximations and assumptions, mostly using knowledge you already have. You will also learn how to exercise your order-of-magnitude skills in practical astronomy situations such as in answering questions during verbal exams and talks, designing new projects, and evaluating others proposals.

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Introduction to Current Research - Astro 290B

Introduction to Current Research

Astro 290B

CCN: 13196

Instructor: Eugene Chiang

Survey of research currently being performed in the Department or the University.

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High Energy Astrophysics - Astro C254

High Energy Astrophysics

Astro C254

CCN: 34116

Instructor: Josh Bloom

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