May 11, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 361 - Computational Physics

Numerical methods of studying physical properties of realistic systems. FORTRAN, IMSL/MATH Library, and MATHEMATICA will be introduced. MATH 265 may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite.

Prerequisites: PHYS 113 or PHYS 123 or PHYS 183. Co- or pre- requisite: MATH 265.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Effectively use programming packages Mathematica and MATLAB (requiring an understanding of what is under the hood of these programs)
  • Translate real-life physics problems into mathematical statements that a computer can solve
  • Implement simple algorithms and procedures in a structured programming language
  • Evaluate computational errors and understand their origins and behavior
  • Effectively display data and computational results

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