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Saturday, 13-Dec-2008 10:31:37 AEDT
MTWTh, 10:10-11:00 AM CT
Physics 236A, 116 Church ST SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
+44° 58' 30.85", -93° 14' 5.16"
Wednesdays, 13:00-14:30, Physics 342F
Problems sets every two weeks, Tuesdays, due before class
Supplementing the class material the students will use a modern stellar evolution code to perform their own simulations of the life of a star. The students will make "numerical experiments" on how the evolution of stars changes when initial conditions or "input physics" is changed - e.g., how differences in nuclear reaction rates used change the evolution of stars. Such differences could, e.g., test the limits of current experimental and theoretical uncertainties in these nuclear reaction rates.
The class will use Bill Paxton's EZ Stellar Evolution code
I recommed to use
gfortran 4.3.1 or later.
gfortran is part of the
gcc compiler suite.
Another free FORTRAN compiler is
g95 and can be downloaded for most platforms from
Information about computing at physics can be found at http://zzz.physics.umn.edu/computing. There are 5 Linux workstations in the physics lab in room 137. The astronomy lab is in room 469; they are supposed to be getting 3 new linux computers.
Project Sheets, due before class