May 06, 2021
PHYS 461 - Advanced Computational Physics
Applications of standard numerical modeling techniques to physics problems involving nonlinear and/or differential equations, including wave propagation, fluid flow, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and particle physics. PHYS 461 and PHYS 561 are layered courses; students may not receive credit for both.
Prerequisites: MATH 376 and PHYS 361.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Characterize the mathematical equations corresponding to common types of physics problems (e.g. hyperbolic differential equations for wave propagation) and identify appropriate numerical solution methods
- Use Mathematica and MATLAB to solve a variety of physics problems and to effectively display the results of computations
- Implement finite-difference algorithms to solve time dependent partial differential equations using either the c or FORTRAN programming language
- Implement finite-element algorithms to solve boundary condition driven problems using either the C or FORTRAN programming language
- Quantify the numerical errors associated with discretization
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