Astronomy 598 Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (Monte Carlo Methods for Computational Science)
Fri 10:00-11:20 Physics/Astronomy Building A210
Instructor: Pramod Gupta
psgupta *at* astro. washington. edu
Office hours: after class, or email.
Students should know a programming language.
Students should bring their laptop to class. If you have a windows laptop please install ssh client software on your laptop so that you can connect to hyak.
Students should have a hyak account and should bring the e-token to class. Any UW student can get a hyak account. Instructions are at below link:
Monte Carlo methods are extensively used in scientific computing. We will apply Monte Carlo methods to a wide varieity of research areas
such as Astrophysics, Chemistry and Physics.
(1) Probability Theory
(2) Random number generators
(3) Monte Carlo integration
(4) Sampling Random Variables:
Transformation of Random Variables
(5) Multivariate Distributions
(6) Importance Sampling:
Markov Chain Monte Carlo
Astrophysics: Radiative Transfer
Biology and Chemistry: Polymers
Statistical Physics: Ising Model
Homework problems (100% of grade) will be assigned every week.
Monte Carlo Methods
Kalos and Whitlock