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Unit information: Introduction to Computational Physics in 2015/16

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Unit name Introduction to Computational Physics
Unit code PHYS30009
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Furqaan Yusaf
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


The aim of this course is to develop students understanding of numerical techniques, and gain experience in programming in a computer language. Students will gain experience of using computers to solve physics problems and also develop report writing and analysis skills.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Write simple computer code using the C programming language
  • Develop mathematical algorithms in C
  • Apply algorithms to solve Physical problems
  • Concisely describe the purpose and function of computer code.

Teaching details

Lectures Drop in workshops

Assessment Details

Formative assessment is available through the drop in sessions and through the graded summative exercises. Five short exercises each worth 20% of the total marks each of which consists of the code plus a brief outline of the methodology and presentation of the results.

Reading and References

“Numerical Recipes” – Press et al. ISBN: 9780521880688

“An introduction to Computer simulation methods” – Gould, Tobochnik, Christian (3rd ed).ISBN-13: 978-0805377583

“An Introduction to Computational Physics” – Pang.978-1840858839