University of Technology Sydney

68416 Computational Physics

6cp; 4hpw: 2 x 2hpw (combined lecture and computer lab)
Requisite(s): (68201 Physics 2 OR 68037 Physical Modelling) AND (33230c Mathematics 2 OR 68038 Advanced Mathematics and Physics OR 33290 Statistics and Mathematics for Science)
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This subject introduces the key elements of computational physics such as methods for solving physical problems numerically and the use of computers for simulating the dynamics of large or complex systems. Depending on selected project topics, numerical techniques including matrix manipulation, iterative optimisation and differential equation solvers may be introduced. These are developed and applied to selected problems in areas such as quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, electrodynamics and molecular dynamics. Project work allows students to explore advanced simulations and further develop analysis and visualisation of results.

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Autumn session, City campus

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