home - teaching

### Computational Physics - PHYS 410/510 - Spring 2023

**Instructor:**
Professor A. Glatz

**Office:** La Tourette Hall 217

**Office hours:**
Virtual by appointment (just send an email) - preferred.

Tue/Thu 12:15-13:15 in office.

**Grading:**
Weighted according to 35% homework, 15% lecture attendence, and (20% midterm + 30% final) exam/project.

**Homework policies:**
Late penalty: 10% off for
each day late up to 5 days; 100% off for > 5 days. I prefer homework
papers to be turned in at the beginning of class on Tuesday, but they are considered on
time if turned in by 17:00 on the due date.
You can turn them in to my mailbox in the Physics main
office if I am not around. Homework should be written neatly (or typed),
single-sided on paper, and stapled. Codes, data, and figures can be send by email.
You are encouraged to consult with each other on the homework.
However, each of you must turn in only your own work. Do not turn in
anything that you have copied, or anything that you do not truly
understand.

**Exam policies:**
Exams will be closed book, but you may bring one page of
notes in your own original handwriting. No electronic devices are allowed.

**Midterm :** *tbd*

**Final project presentations: ** *tbd*

**Suggestions:**
It is strongly suggested that you do attend class and take notes.
If you have problems with your homework or to understand some concepts,
please do come to my office for help. The best way to prepare for exams
is to study homework problems and the lecture notes.

See the also the**syllabus** for a list of topics to be covered in the course.

**Lectures**

**Homework**

**Literature**

**Online resources** (external)

Class meetings:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 in La Tourette Hall 227, starting 2023-01-17
Tue/Thu 12:15-13:15 in office.

See the also the

date | ||

Overview | PDF | 2023-01-17 |

Lecture 2Floating point number, sources of errors, stability, pendulum demo | PDF+ Jupyter notebook for pendulum + pendulum demo (pdf) | 2023-01-19 |

Lecture 3Numerical Differentiation | PDF+ C++/gnuplot demo codes (zipped) | 2023-01-24 |

Lecture 4Numerical integration | PDF+ Jupyter notebook for adaptive Simpson rule + adaptive simpson (pdf) | 2023-01-26 |

due before class on | ||

Assignment 1 | PDF | 2023-02-02 |

**Required textbook:**Benjamin A. Stickler, Ewald Schachinger, Basic Concepts in Computational Physics, 2nd Edition, Springer 2016 [DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-27265-8_1]- J. Franklin, Computational Methods for Physics, Cambridge University Press (July 15, 2013)
- Nicholas J. Giordano, Hisao Nakanishi, Computational Physics, Addison-Wesley; 2 edition (July 31, 2005)
- Alfio Quarteroni, Riccardo Sacco and Fausto Saleri, Numerical Mathematics, Springer; 2nd edition (October 19, 2006)
- Curtis F. Gerald and Patrick O. Wheatley, Applied Numerical Analysis, Pearson; 7 edition (August 10, 2003)
- Germund Dahlquist and Åke Björck, Numerical Methods in Scientific Computing: Volume 1, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (September 4, 2008)

- Basic python programming
- Jupyter tutorial
- Jupyter introduction
- (official) Jupyter documentation
- Google Colaboratory (requires gmail account)
- Labplot (2D plotting with GUI)
- Paraview (3D data visualization)