PH 465 / PH 565
Mathematical, numerical, and conceptual elements forming foundations of scientific computing: computer hardware, algorithms, precision, numerical analysis & parallel computing. Video-based lectures plus labs.
An eCampus (online)
course with no
regularly-scheduled lab or office hour, but with video lectures
including encapsulated slides. The instructor gladly works with
students via email or phone. Email is the
approach (communication through Blackboard is less immediate). If there
is sufficient interest,
we can arrange a regular Skype Office Hour and lab meetings; please let
instructor know via email if you are interested.
Midterm 10 Feb 11
Final Exam 17 Mar11
Office 499 Weniger (part time)
Prerequisites: PH 464/564 or equivalent , Corequisites: Jr level physicsCurricular Materials
Landau, Paez, Bordeianu, A Survey of Computational Physics; introductory computational science, Princeton University Press, 2008.
We are creating a Python version of the text in the form an eTextBook. We will provide free access to it if you agree that it is for your personal use only, and if you agree to partake in a survey about the book at the beginning and end of the term. If you want access, please email the instructor email@example.com.
Sample Codes in multiple languages, Animations, Applets, Visualizations, etc., see text's CD
Quality and completeness of projects (best N-1 of N)
|1. Equation solved||4. Results; preferably visualization|
|2. Algorithm used||5. Critical analysis (what you learned or not)|
|3. Code listing (preferably link to it)|
Cooperation: You are encouraged to discuss
assignments with the instructors and other students. Even if you work
in a group, it is still your responsibility to understand the work you hand in. When you place your name on
an assignment, it is viewed as a signed statement that it is your work and that
if asked to, you can explain it.
Handing in another student's assignment (either in original or
academic dishonesty and will result in an F grade
for the entire
course. Sample codes are given to you, there is no credit for just running them.
College Science Computer Support
Needed Software and Computational Physics Lab: You should be able to load up your personal computer with all the software you will need for this course (and it's all free!). The text describes how to do this, although you may want find a friend if you have trouble with installation. Just what you will need depends on the computer language you use (see text). There are two Computational Physics labs in the OSU Physics Department that were set up for use of this course. You may have to get a key from the Physics Department office.
Partial support for this course has been provided by the National Science
Foundation for the
degree program and the BMACC project.
© 2011, Rubin H Landau, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331