SHPC4002 Advanced Computational Physics

6 points

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Not available in 2021UWA (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)]
Physical sciences tackle challenges at all scales in the universe: from identification of distant galaxies and gravitational waves, to medical image analysis for patients, to prediction of ocean waves for offshore structures, to understanding the quantum world. The main objectives of this unit are to introduce students to the state-of-the-art development in the application of advanced computational methods to solve data-intensive physics problems. Students will gain hands-on experience in implementing these methods, and they will also learn to solve physics problem by using high-level programming language, open source software, and public datasets.
Students are able to (1) build algorithms to model and predict complex physical phenomena and processes; (2) apply data-driven computation approach to analyse, visualise, discover, and interpret patterns from data; (3) demonstrate data analytical skills to quantitatively identify signals from noise; and (4) communicate data science methods and results with clarity and impact.
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
SHPC4001 Computational Methods for Physics 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
CITS3402 High Performance Computing
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week
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