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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAstronomyLars Hernquist
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2015-2016  (show academic calendar)MWF   11:00 a.m. - 11:59 a.m.Observatory A 101 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

Fluid and gas dynamics with applications drawn from astrophysical phenomena. Topics include: kinetic theory, diffusive effects, incompressible fluids, inviscid and viscous flows, boundary layer theory, accretion disks, fluid instabilities, turbulence, convection, gas dynamics, linear (sound) waves, method of characteristics, Riemann invariants, supersonic flow, non-linear waves, shocks, similarity solutions, blast waves, radiative shocks, ionization fronts, magnetohygrodynamics, hydromagnetic shocks, dynamos, gravitational collapse, principles of plasma physics, Landau damping, computational approaches, stability criteria, particle based (Lagrangian) methods, adaptive mesh refinement, radiation hydrodynamics.

This course offered alternate years.

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With permission of instructor/subject to availability

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