Computing Our Universe 1999

Welcome to the 1999 program of Computing Our Universe! We are glad to have you with us. This page will keep you up to date on the summer school as it progresses and be a center for contact between the student and faculty participants. Please check it frequently for announcements, homework exercises, and schedule updates. For generic information check the general summer school home page.

Program Schedule

The sessions take place Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, with lectures in room 1033 and labs in room 637. The morning program is:

Lunch is from 12:00-1:00pm, together with the faculty, either at one of the eating facilities at the Campus Center or on some days ordered in from a downtown restaurant through Delivery Express.
Afternoon session times vary more, depending on the combination of lectures, computational labs, and research projects. Any afternoon lectures will run from 1:00pm-2:20pm, with computing the rest of the session. The program schedule is given below.

1999 Schedule (with links to Lecture Notes)
Update from previous schedule

Student Research Projects

Simulating Collisions of Galaxies
    Leslie Hebb, Philip Komljenovic, Jorge Villa
    Advisers: Lars Hernquist, Neal Katz

Satellite Galaxy-Dark Matter Halo Interactions
    Brandon Allgood, Aaron Dotter, Nina Jansen
    Adviser: Martin Weinberg

Central Profiles of Dark Matter Halos
    Daisuke Iono, Ian Mulvany, Ewan Todd
    Adviser: Tom Quinn

Can Bias Mask Primordial Non-Gaussianity?
    Bryan Gmyrek, Susan Kassin, Aaron Sokasian
    Adviser: David Weinberg

    Numerical Simulation of Star Formation at High Redshift
    Hannah Jang-Condell (auditing student)

The lighter side of the summer school plus student links.

Additional Material

Lists of exercises, homeworks, handouts, and other information of scientific interest will be posted here. Notes for a specific lecture are generally available after the lecture through a link on that lecture's page, accessible from the schedule. Reference books are available in the lab; please do not remove them. The Physical Sciences Library is located on the second floor of the Lederle lowrise building. From the tower, go to the second floor and walk across the overpass. The library is at the end to the right. Its hours are Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 8am-5pm. If you want to check out books, get a temporary ID at the main library (your name is on a list).

SM (Super Mongo): SM Tutorial, SM Manual, SM Release Notes
TIPSY command list
Linux/Unix Command Quick Reference
Cosmology I handout
Cosmology II handout
Cosmology V handout

Exercise 2 (Integrating Lookback Time/Magnitudes) - due Thursday 6/24
Exercise 2 solutions and comments
Exercise 3 (Dynamics ODEs) - due Tuesday 6/29
Exercise 3 solutions and comments
Exercise 4 (Part 1: Monte Carlo/Galactic IC) - due Thursday 7/1
Exercise 4.1 solutions and comments
Exercise 4 (Part 2: Fourier Transform/Cosmological IC) - due Thursday 7/1
Exercise 5 (Parallel Program) - due Monday 7/5
N-body Constitution (suitable for framing)
Exercise 6 (N-body) - due Monday 7/12


Lars Hernquist Room 517-K 5-3626
Neal Katz Room 520 5-2085
Eric Linder Room 517-O 5-9491
Tom Quinn Room 524 5-2131
David Weinberg Room 524 5-2131
Martin Weinberg Room 530 5-3821

Campus information and links


There are many things to do on and around campus in your rare (;>) free time. Pick up some brochures or the weekly Valley Advocate at the Campus Center. There's also a volleyball court behind Knowlton. The town of Amherst has several activities including a small farmer's market on the town common every Saturday, Shakespeare Under the Stars, and the Hot Summer Nights program of live music and a movie every Wednesday night in July on the common.

We also have some special summer school activities planned.

Contact information

If someone from outside the summer school needs to contact you, they can do so by: