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Physics 780.20 Computational Physics
Winter, 2010

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URL: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~ntg/780/compphys.php
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
01/04/10 Session 1 notes [pdf] session01.zip Printouts of "area" code [pdf] [ps]; Unix commands [ps]; C++ options [pdf] [ps]; GSL intro [ps]; Other Session 1 code printouts [pdf] [ps]
01/06/10 Session 2 notes [pdf] session02.zip Gnuplot basics [pdf]; Gnuplot tutorial;
01/11/10 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;
01/20/10 Session 4 notes [pdf] session04.zip Gnuplot plot files [pdf] [ps]; Integrals with Singularities [pdf] [ps];
01/25/10 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
01/27/10 Session 6 notes [pdf] session06.zip diffeq_routines.cpp [ps], diffeq_test.cpp [ps] and new eigen_tridiagonal_class.cpp (with class definition) [ps] printouts
02/03/10 Session 7 notes [pdf] session07.zip diffeq_oscillations.cpp [ps]; eigen_basis_class.cpp (first pass) [ps]
02/08/10 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;
02/10/10 Session 9 notes [pdf] session09.zip Circle class and test printout [ps]; private_vs_public printout [ps];
02/15/10 Session 10 notes [pdf] session10.zip GslSpline printout [ps]; ode_test.cpp printout [ps]; GSL interpolation [pdf] [ps]; Pendulum Power Spectra [pdf] [ps];
02/17/10 Session 11 notes [pdf] session11.zip ode_test_class.cpp and classes printout [ps]; multifit_test.cpp printout [ps]; multimin_test.cpp printout [ps];
02/22/20 Session 12 notes [pdf] session12.zip man pages for random, urandom [ps]; gaussian_random.cpp printout [ps]; random_walk.cpp printout [ps]; RandomWalk_test.cpp printout [ps]; input_check.cpp printout [ps]; factorial_debug.cpp printout [ps];
03/01/10 Session 13 notes [pdf] session13.zip sampling_test.cpp printout [ps]; ising_model.cpp printout [ps]; ising_opt.cpp printout [ps];
03/03/10 Session 14 notes [pdf] session14.zip autocorrelation_test.cpp printout [ps]; variational_SHO.cpp printout [ps];
03/08/10 Session 15 notes [pdf] session15.zip multimin_sa_compare.cpp printout [ps];
03/10/10 Session 16 notes [pdf] session16.zip gnuplot 3d plots [pdf] [ps]; PDE code printouts [ps]; deltashell_boundstates.cpp printout [ps];

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Supplementary Readings

A complete copy of M. Hjorth-Jensen's 2009 notes on "Computational Physics" is available as a PDF file.

Class PeriodReadingTopic
01/04/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Preface (pdf) and Table of Contents (pdf) Preface and Table of Contents
01/04/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 1 (pdf) Overview of Computational Physics and what is covered.
01/06/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 2 (pdf) C++ and Representation of Numbers.
01/11/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 3 (pdf) Numerical Differentiation.
01/11/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 7 (pdf) Numerical Integration.
01/13/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 4 (pdf) and Ch. 12 (pdf) Linear Algebra and Eigensystems.
01/27/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 13 (pdf) Differential Equations.
02/11/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 6 (pdf) Numerical Interpolation, Extrapolation and Fitting of Data.
02/22/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 8 (pdf) Outline of the Monte-Carlo Strategy
02/22/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 9 (pdf) Random walks and the Metropolis Algorithm
03/01/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 10 (pdf) Monte Carlo Methods in Statistical Physics
03/03/10 M. Hjorth-Jensen, Ch. 11 (pdf) 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
01/15/10 #1 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.
01/29/10 #2 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.
02/19/10 #3 [pdf] hints, suggestions, etc.

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Handouts (printed and computer)

General Handouts (printed)

You (mostly) have your choice of postscript (ps) or PDF format.

Last UpdatedHandoutComments
04-Jan-2005 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.
04-Jan-2005 GSL Introduction (ps) GNU Scientific Library description from the online reference manual.
01-Jan-2009 Gnuplot basics (pdf) "Plotting Data from a File with Gnuplot"
16-Mar-2006 Gnuplot manual (pdf) "Gnuplot -- An Interactive Plotting Program"
28-Mar-2008 Gnuplot fitting (ps) (pdf) "Finding the Slope of XY Data from a File with Gnuplot"
12-Jan-2010 Gnuplot plot files (ps) (pdf) "Using a Plot File with Gnuplot"
01-Apr-2008 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
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.
07-Mar-2008 GDB Debugger (ps) (pdf) "Using the GDB Debugger" -- A tutorial by example.
15-May-2008 Gnuplot 3d plots (ps) (pdf) "Three-Dimensional Plots with Gnuplot"
06-Feb-2006 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.
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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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
02/12/09 Nonlinear Differential Equations Mathematica notebook analyzing the Duffing equation.
02/12/09 Nonlinear Differential Equations: Pendulum Mathematica notebook analyzing the physical pendulum.

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