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:
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.