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Unit information: Computational Physics 301 in 2022/23

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Unit name Computational Physics 301
Unit code PHYS38012
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jim Brooke
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

PHYS20032 Intermediate Computational Physics

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

None

Units you may not take alongside this one

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School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

The aim of this unit is to develop an in-depth understanding of numerical techniques, including an appreciation of their limitations. Students will gain practical experience of applying algorithms to physical problems, using appropriate scientific computing libraries, as well as critical assessment of numerical results. The topics covered include linear algebra, partial differential equations, and Monte Carlo methods. The unit is a practical one, focussing on a series of programming exercises.

Your learning on this unit

Students will be able to:

  • Choose appropriate numerical algorithms to solve physical problems
  • Implement algorithms in Python using appropriate computing libraries
  • Understand the limitations and possible errors in the solutions

How you will learn

The unit will be taught through a combination of

  • asynchronous online materials, including narrated presentations and worked examples
  • synchronous group problems classes, workshops, tutorials and/or office hours
  • asynchronous directed individual formative exercises and other exercises
  • guided, structured reading

How you will be assessed

Short programming exercises. Each exercise requires submission of code, plus a brief explanation of the methodology and results. Coursework (100%).

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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