ASTR 288P: UNIX and Scientific Programming (Fall 2016)
Fall 2016 was the first time this class is being taught. A more
advanced version of this class is
ASTR415 (Computational Astrophysics).
For ASTR288P the goal will be for the student to be comfortable using
UNIX (Linux or Mac terminal, lab machines runs Scientific Linux 6.7),
solving scientific problems using the
python and C languages and visualizing their results. Students will
also be made comfortable installing and using open source
software, which includes collaborating and sharing their own code.
Exact details of the material covered will depend on
existing level of experience of the class participants. Students can
also elect to work on their own laptop (Mac or Linux, no Windows), but
must be comfortable with ssh executing programs on the lab machines.
- This is a graded course, with a strong in-class participation expected.
- Some work will be done in class, with some independent work expected offline (up to 2 hours/week).
- Homeworks (every 3 weeks) are due at beginning of class, as noted in the schedule
- Effective Code Comments are strongly emphasized, as your code
will be inspected, for grading.
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