Special Topics in Computational Physics (PHYS*7730)
Code and section: PHYS*7730*01
Term: Fall 2023
Special Topics in Computational Physics
PHYS*7730 Special Topics in Physics Unspecified [0.50]
Department(s): Department of Physics
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I expect that all students will have some familiarity with basic numerical methods (e.g., Gaussian elimination, Simpson’s rule, Euler’s method), typically provided in an undergraduate course on computational physics. Programming-related examples and assignments will be in Python, but I will not cover basic programming in the lectures. This is a graduate course, so the assignments will be correspondingly challenging.
- A. Gezerlis, Numerical Methods in Physics with Python (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2023) The book is freely available to U of G students:
- See also the companion website: https://numphyspy.org
This is a special-topics course on what is known as computational science or scientific computing. We will focus on the interplay between science problem, mathematical formulation, and computational implementation. Previous exposure to Python programming is required. My current plan is to discuss selected aspects of:
- Floating-point numbers
- Automatic differentiation
- Eigenproblems and the SVD
- Multidimensional minimization
- The fast Fourier transform
- Bayesian and nonlinear regression
- Gauss-Legendre quadrature
- The Metropolis algorithm
- ODEs and PDEs
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