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Physics 780.20 "Computational Physics"
Winter, 2005

General Information about 780.20 Computational Physics

Course title:
Computational Physics
References:
There is no required text but there will be readings from handouts from class and background notes posted online. Some useful references that we'll use are:
Prerequisites:
The prerequisites are simply physics at least through the undergraduate 26x series. It will be useful but not necessary to have some experience with Mathematica, C, fortran, or C++. The teaching strategy is to give you notebooks or codes and have you run and then modify (or debug) them as you follow along through worksheets. Email Prof. Furnstahl if you're concerned about your preparation (e.g., if you have no experience at all).
Material:
The plan is to start with an overview based on the first part of the Hjorth-Jensen lecture notes and then cover selections from the rest of the notes and from the Landau/Paez text based on the instructors' prejudices and class interest (to be determined!). In most cases the discussion will be framed by a physics topic such as nonlinear oscillations (e.g., chaos). We'll be using programs written in C++ and occasionally Mathematica or Matlab as we go along. Some topics we will cover along the way:
Computing Environment:
The general idea is to use basic and portable tools.
Instructor:
Prof. Richard Furnstahl
office: 4004 Smith Lab
email: furnstahl.1@osu.edu or furnstah@mps.ohio-state.edu
phone: 292-4830 (office) or 847-4026 (home)
Grader/TA:
Daniel Bibireata
office:
email: db@mps.ohio-state.edu
phone:
Consultant:
Terry Bradley
office: 2180 Smith Lab
email: bradleyt@mps.ohio-state.edu
phone: 292-8598 (office)
Schedule:
Class meets MW from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in Smith 2076/2082 (or at another arranged time for those with conflicts). Each period will primarily be a hands-on lab session.
Office Hours:
By appointment (asking in class is easiest) and . . .
[to be announced] (Furnstahl)
Grading:
Assigned problems [70%]
Project [30%]
Web Pages:
This info: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~ntg/780/2005/compphys_info_2005.php
Course home page: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~ntg/780/2005/compphys_2005.php

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Physics 780.20 Computational Physics Information.
Last modified: 10:18 am, December 28, 2005.
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