May 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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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.

Credits: (4)

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

  • 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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