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Courses - Spring 2019
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PHYS474
Computational Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS404; and PHYS373; and (PHYS165, CMSC106, or CMSC131). Or permission of instructor.
This course provides an overview of some of the most widely used methods of computational physics, including numerical integration (elementary algorithms and Monte Carlo techniques), numerical solutions of differential equations (classical equations of motion, time independent and time dependent Schrodinger equations), molecular dynamics simulations (classical many-body systems), and Monte Carlo simulations (classical models of magnetism). In addition to giving the students a basic working knowledge of these particular techniques, the goal is to make them proficient in scientific computing and programming in general, so that they will be prepared to tackle also other computational problem that they may encounter in the future.