- Class Number 9568
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Christoph Federrath
- AsPr Christoph Federrath
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
This course provides students with the skills necessary to write computer programs for the construction of models of astronomical processes, for the analysis of data and for multi-dimensional simulations. The skills acquired in this course are essential for every research area in astronomy and astrophysics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:
- Be familiar with some of the most important algorithms for common numerical tasks such as numerical integration, interpolation, Fourier analysis and statistics.
- Write programs in C and/or Python in order to solve specific numerical problems typical of those arising in Astronomy and to plot the results.
- Develop proficiency in using modern parallel computers for solving large computational problems.
4. Be able to establish an efficient development environment involving code, makefiles and the use of subroutine libraries.
This course includes the use of research-based data from simulations and observations.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction, topics, timetable, student reps, assignments plan, setting up computers, Bash, shell scripting|
|2||Bash, shell scripting, remote computing; - setting up your computer - ssh, scp, rsync, ssh tunneling, etc. - first assignment|
|3||Remote computing, plotting scientific data, making movies - rsync, ssh tunneling - plot digitizer, gnuplot, ffmpeg version control, plotting scientific data, making movies - 2nd assignment|
|4||IDL - IDL intro - IDL startup package - IDL functions, subroutines (pro) - statistics start|
|5||IDL (beam convolution, binning, statistics)|
|6||Guest lecture by Mike Ireland on introduction to Python and MCMC|
|7||IDL: Monte Carlo error propagation, C/C++ startup + OpenMP parallelisation|
|8||Guest lecture by Mark Krumholz on solving differential equations in Python|
|9||Intro to C/C++, Parallel programming (OpenMP, MPI)|
|10||Introduction to hydrodynamics, Building a 1D grid-based hydrodynamics code|
|11||Using a 2D and 3D grid-based hydrodynamics code and visualisation|
|12||Using a 2D and 3D grid-based hydrodynamics code and visualisation|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1: The Bourne Again Shell (Bash), Useful shell commands||20 %||05/08/2019||19/08/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Assignment 2: Plotting and fitting with gnuplot, Plotting multiple datasets and data manipulation with gnuplot, Making movies of scientific data with ffmpeg||20 %||19/08/2019||30/08/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Assignment 3: Reading data in IDL and making map plots, Re-binning and beam convolution, Statistical functions and PDFs, Averaging data, making plots with error bars, and fitting||20 %||16/09/2019||30/09/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Assignment 4 (exam assignment): Fourier transforms and parallel computing (multi-threaded FFT), Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Numerical solution of differential equations||40 %||14/10/2019||28/10/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation is strongly encouraged, but not directly assessed.
The 4th assignment serves as the exam and counts double compared to the first 3 assignments.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Assignment 1: The Bourne Again Shell (Bash), Useful shell commands
This assignment is due weeks 2/3 and will be returned in weeks 3/4. For further details please consult the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Assignment 2: Plotting and fitting with gnuplot, Plotting multiple datasets and data manipulation with gnuplot, Making movies of scientific data with ffmpeg
This assignment is due weeks 4/5 and will be returned in weeks 5/6. For further details please consult the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Assignment 3: Reading data in IDL and making map plots, Re-binning and beam convolution, Statistical functions and PDFs, Averaging data, making plots with error bars, and fitting
This assignment is due weeks 6/7 and will be returned in weeks 7/8. For further details please consult the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Assignment 4 (exam assignment): Fourier transforms and parallel computing (multi-threaded FFT), Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Numerical solution of differential equations
This assignment is due weeks 8/9 and will be returned in weeks 9/10. For further details please consult the course Wattle site.
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Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Feedback on assignments is returned in class and/or by email.
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Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.
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AsPr Christoph Federrath