ASTR 5540 Mathematical Methods Fall 2016 Toomre
MWF Duane E126
Juri Toomre, office: JILA A606, 303-492-7854, firstname.lastname@example.org office hours: MW 11am-noon, and readily by appointment.
This course is intended to help refine your perspectives about a variety of mathematical methods essential to many areas of research in astrophysical and planetary sciences. Central to these broad disciplines is understanding the properties of differential equations, for these are the building blocks for most models of the underlying physics and dynamics. We turn to combinations of analytical and numerical methods for seeking solutions to both ordinary and partial differential equations.
Part of the material involves brief reviews, followed by discussion of modern methods, including the use of numerical experiments. Topics to be covered encompass ordinary differential equations, complex functions, integral transform techniques, partial differential equations, special functions and asymptotic methods, and the richness of dynamical systems that admit chaos. The lectures are supplemented by problem sets, some of which require use of numerical solutions and experimenting, typically using workstations or laptops and IDL (Interactive Data Language), Mathematica or Matlab as appropriate.
RILEY, KF, HOBSON, MP & BENCE SJ, Mathematical Methods for Physics and
Engineering, 2006, Third Edition,
(optional) RILEY, KF & Hobson, MP, Student Solution Manual for Mathematical
Methods for Physics and Engineering, 2006, Third Edition,
(optional) PRESS, WH, Teukolsky, SA, Vetterling, WT & Flannery, BP, Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing, 2007, Third
Useful reference books:
Arfken & Weber, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, Sixth Edition, 2005
Bender & Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, 1978
Carrier & Pearson, Partial Differential Equations, 1991
Strang, Introduction to Applied Mathematics, 1986
General topics to be discussed (ordering may be adjusted/tuned):