SHPC4001 Computational Methods for Physics
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- Scientific computation is about constructing theoretical and mathematical models of physical systems, adapting efficient numerical techniques, and using modern computers to solve real-world scientific problems. This unit introduces the main computational techniques used in solving practical problems in physics and engineering. It is hands-on and designed to help students learn by doing, thus a significant fraction of students' time is spent actually programming specific physical problems. The unit is required for students with specialisation in computational physics, but it is also open to students in other science or engineering subjects.
- Students are able to (1) explain the modern computer environment of UNIX workstations and have a working knowledge of the programming language Fortran or Python; (2) interpret numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations, Fourier transforms, linear algebra and eigensystems, Monte Carlo simulation, optimisation, variational methods; and (3) apply numerical techniques commonly used to solve problems in science and engineering.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) oral presentation; and (3) final project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Jingbo Wang
- Unit rules
- CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python and completion of the core units in the Physics major or Frontier Physics extended major or equivalent.
- Advisable prior study:
- Programming in Python, Fortran or C
- Contact hours
- lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; practical classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.