Institute of Astronomy

CATAM

Computer-Aided Teaching of All Mathematics (CATAM) projects for incoming 2021-2022 Part III/MAST students

The webpage is relevant to students entering this course who did not complete a ‘CATAM’ computational project last year (either because they are arriving from outside Cambridge, because they switched from Part II Physics or elected to take the essay option in Part II Astrophysics). 

Doing a CATAM project over the summer is highly recommended so that you are well prepared in scientific programming skills which will be required for research projects. The project does not contribute any marks. Most students use Python or C for their Part III/MASt research projects.

The submission deadline is 5pm Wednesday 22nd September 2021 and the email address for your submission is undergraduate.admin@ast.cam.ac.uk

Please add your full name on the project submission contrary to the requirements set out in the manual.

The Maths CATAM website http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/catam/II is a good source of information about CATAM including a manual on learning to program using MATLAB.   You can install MATLAB on your personally-owned computer, and instructions on how to download are on the CATAM website under CATAM; see also the note about using a Raven password below:

https://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/catam/software/matlabinstall/matlab-personal.htm

but note that you are free to tackle the projects in any programming language. For example you are also welcome to use the Python or C computer programming languages.

Note the manual on the Maths CATAM website may be for the new Academic year (2021-2022).  You need the Part II CATAM 2020-2021 manual (see attachments at the bottom of this page for this manual) for incoming Part III/MAST Astrophysics students.

You might also find it useful to read the example Part IB CATAM solution available at:

At the bottom of this web page you will find the 2020-2021 CATAM manual and any data required.

Questions for incoming 2021-2022 Part III/MAST Astrophysics students from the 2020-2021 CATAM manual are:

14 General Relativity

14.1 Particle or Photon Orbits near a Black Hole
14.7 Gravitational Radiation from Point Masses in a Keplerian Orbit 

23 Astrophysics

23.1 Generating a Consistent Self-Gravitating System
23.4 Stellar Structure

See manual below to find these questions.

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CATAM_2020_2021_IImanual.pdf6.56 MB
II-14-5-2017-quasar.txt1.68 KB
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