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Physics 780J20 Computational Physics
Spring, 2008

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The course information is available here plus lots of supplementary info. Please check this page regularly.

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Assignments In and Out of Class

1094 Sessions

Copies of any handouts are available from Prof. Furnstahl or online below. After the first class, please read the session notes before that session meets.

Date of SessionGuideNotes Packed FilesHandouts
03/24/08 Session 1 notes [pdf] session01.zip Unix commands [ps]; C++ options [pdf] [ps]; GSL intro [ps]; Hjorth-Jensen contents [pdf] [ps]; Session 1 code printouts [ps]
03/26/08 Session 2 notes [pdf] session02.zip Gnuplot basics [pdf] [ps]; Gnuplot tutorial;
03/31/08 Session 3 notes [pdf] session03.zip Fitting with Gnuplot [pdf] [ps]; Formatting with C++ Manipulators (UIC notes) [pdf]; integ_test.cpp and integ_routines.cpp [pdf] [ps] printouts; derivative_test_simple.cpp [pdf] [ps] printout;
04/02/08 Session 4 notes [pdf] session04.zip Gnuplot plot files [pdf] [ps]; Integrals with Singularities [pdf] [ps];
04/09/07 Session 5 notes [pdf] session05.zip   Random round-off? [pdf] [ps]; nan_test.cpp [ps], eigen_tridiagonal.cpp [ps], eigen_basis.cpp [ps], and harmonic_oscillator.cpp [ps] printouts
04/14/08 Session 6 notes [pdf] session06.zip diffeq_routines.cpp [ps], and diffeq_test.cpp [ps] printouts
04/16/08 Session 7 notes [pdf] session07.zip diffeq_oscillations.cpp [ps]
04/21/08 Session 8 notes [pdf] session08.zip
Plots of damped oscillations [pdf] [ps]; filename_test.cpp printout [ps]; GnuplotPipe class printout [ps]; diffeq_pendulum.cpp printout [ps]; nonlinear Mathematica notebook;
04/23/08 Session 9 notes [pdf] session09.zip GSL interpolation [pdf] [ps];
04/28/08 Session 10 notes [pdf] session10.zip Pendulum Power Spectra [pdf] [ps]; multifit_test.cpp printout [ps]; multimin_test.cpp printout [ps];
04/30/08 Session 11 notes [pdf] session11.zip session11_linux.zip man pages for random, urandom [ps]; gaussian_random.cpp printout [ps]; random_walk.cpp printout [ps]; RandomWalk_test.cpp printout [ps];
05/05/08 Session 12 notes [pdf] session12.zip sampling_test.cpp printout [ps]; ising_model.cpp printout [ps]; ising_opt.cpp printout [ps];
05/12/08 Session 13 notes [pdf] session13.zip autocorrelation_test.cpp printout [ps]; variational_SHO.cpp printout [ps];
05/14/08 Session 14 notes [pdf] session14.zip multimin_nacl.cpp printout [ps]; multimin_sa_compare.cpp printout [ps]; multimin_sim.cpp printout [ps];
05/19/08 Session 15 notes [pdf] session15.zip gnuplot 3d plots [pdf] [ps]; code printouts [ps];
05/28/08 Session 16 notes [pdf] session16.zip deltashell_boundstates.cpp printout [ps];

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Supplementary Readings

A complete copy of M. Hjorth-Jensen's 2007 notes on "Computational Physics" is available as a PDF file.

Class PeriodReadingTopic
03/24/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Table of Contents (pdf) (ps.gz) Table of Contents
03/24/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 1 (pdf) (ps.gz) Overview and contents
03/24/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 2 (pdf) (ps.gz) Introduction. Especially 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.
03/26/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 3 (pdf) (ps.gz) Numerical Differentiation.
04/02/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 7 (pdf) (ps.gz) Numerical Integration.
04/07/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 4 (pdf) and Ch. 12 (pdf) Linear Algebra and Eigensystems.
04/14/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 13 (pdf) (ps.gz) Differential Equations.
04/23/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 6 (pdf) (ps.gz) Numerical Interpolation, Extrapolation and Fitting of Data.
04/30/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 8 (pdf) (ps.gz) Outline of the Monte-Carlo Strategy
04/30/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 9 (pdf) (ps.gz) Random walks and the Metropolis Algorithm
05/01/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 10 (pdf) (ps.gz) Monte Carlo Methods in Statistical Physics
05/01/08 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 11 (pdf) (gs.gz) Quantum Monte-Carlo Methods

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Problem Sets and Hints

Click on the problem set number to get a copy of the assignment.

Due DateAssignmentComments
04/07/08 #1 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.
04/22/08 #2 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.
05/05/08 #3 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.
05/19/08 #4 [pdf]  

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Handouts (printed and computer)

General Handouts (printed)

You (mostly) have your choice of postscript (ps) or PDF format. If you're not sure, try PDF (and read it with Adobe Acrobat).

Last UpdatedHandoutComments
16-Nov-2003 Bash Prompt HOWTO (pdf) Creating and controlling terminal and xterm Bash prompts, compiled by Giles Orr.
01-Jan-2004 C++ Manipulators (pdf) "Formatting with Manipulators" -- brief guide found on the web.
01-Jan-2004 C++ Options (ps) (pdf) "Recommended C++ Options" -- options for g++ (GNU compiler) and icpc (Intel compiler) based on the recommendations in the GSL Reference manual.
06-Mar-2005 GDB Debugger (ps) (pdf) "Using the GDB Debugger" -- A tutorial by example.
18-Jan-2004 Gnuplot basics (ps) (pdf) "Plotting Data from a File with Gnuplot"
16-Mar-2006 Gnuplot manual (pdf) "Gnuplot -- An Interactive Plotting Program"
09-Jan-2005 Gnuplot fitting (ps) (pdf) "Finding the Slope of XY Data from a File with Gnuplot"
15-Jan-2007 Gnuplot plot files (ps) (pdf) "Using a Plot File with Gnuplot"
15-May-2008 Gnuplot 3d plots (ps) (pdf) "Three-Dimensional Plots with Gnuplot"
01-Jan-2005 GSL Introduction (ps) GNU Scientific Library description from the online reference manual.
13-Feb-2005 GSL Interpolation (ps) (pdf) "Using GSL Interpolation Functions"
12-Nov-2002 Input in C (ps) (pdf) "Interactive Input in C"
16-Jan-2005 Round-off Errors (ps) (pdf) A simple empirical investigation of the distribution of round-off errors.
09-Jan-2005 Tricky Integrals (ps) (pdf) "Integrals with Singularities or Discontinuous Derivatives"
01-Jan-2005 Unix Commands (ps) "Some Useful Unix Commands" based on various web summaries
19-Feb-2006 Xwin-32 Configuration (pdf) (Word) Configuring and using the Xwin-32 X-windows emulator.

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Computer Codes and Makefiles

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MATLAB Resources

Coming soon!

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Mathematica Example Notebooks

If you use Internet Explorer on a Windows machine, selecting a Mathematica notebook link should automatically open Mathematica with that notebook. On Macs or linux machines or using other browsers, you can set this behavior.

Last RevisedNotebookComments
02/25/04 Nonlinear Differential Equations Mathematica notebook analyzing the Duffing equation.
02/25/04 Nonlinear Differential Equations: Pendulum Mathematica notebook analyzing the physical pendulum.
04/18/02 Fourier Transform Pictures Mathematica notebook showing in pictures how to project Fourier coefficients.
04/18/02 Square Wave Mathematica notebook showing a square wave being built from sine waves.

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