Syllabus. Regular office hour is Thu 1 PM.
Paper on energy-conserving adaptive gravitational softening: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007MNRAS.374.1347P
Paper on softening as a smoothing operation: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012MNRAS.425.1104B
GADGET-2 (TreePM) code paper (including section 5 on parallelization strategies): http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005MNRAS.364.1105S
Code paper for the moving-mesh hydro code Arepo: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010MNRAS.401..791S
GIZMO code paper, describing new Godunov-based meshless methods (also contains a useful summary of other hydro algorithms): http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014arXiv1409.7395H
Our treatment of the Boltzmann and Jeans equations will closely follow Paul Schechter’s lecture notes, available at http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-902-astrophysics-ii-fall-2004/lecture-notes
Problem set 1, due Jan. 17.
Problem set 2, due Jan. 31.
Problem set 3, due Feb. 14.
Problem set 4, due Feb. 23.
Problem set 5, due Mar. 2.
Download here. You have 48 hours to complete the final from the time you start it. Due by end of day on Wednesday, March 8 (send solutions as soon as you are done).