**Due May 5, 2005**

For your term project, do a literature search on an astronomical
subject of your choosing that features one or more modern numerical
methods. The methods should be a key component of the work (for
example, an -body code for galactic dynamics research). Write a
2500-word essay (7 pages double-spaced max, not including figures or
bibliography) giving background on the __scientific
rationale__ for the research and highlighting the following points:

- What is the numerical method used and why is it needed?
- What are the limitations of the method?
- What other methods exist for this kind of problem and why was the current one chosen over the others?
- How was the method implemented (e.g., what programming language was used, what platform was it run on, etc.)?
- How efficient is the method (how long does it take to get results, how accurate is it)?
- What are the key results from the research?
- Do you believe the results?
- Could the method be improved?

Be sure to give credit to the original authors of the code/work and cite all appropriate references.

Examples of numerical methods suitable for this project include -body codes, hydro codes, Monte Carlo codes, stellar structure codes, radiative transfer codes, relativity codes, atomic structure codes, etc.

The essay component is worth 20% of your overall grade for the course.