Spring 2017

PHY 380 Introduction to Computational Physics

Introduction to Open Source Physics and Java.
Simulating Particle Motion.
Oscillatory Systems.
Few-Body Problems: The Motion of the Planets.
The Chaotic Motion of Dynamical Systems.
Random Walks and Chemical Reactions.
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Many Particle Systems.
Normal Modes and Waves.
Monte Carlo Simulation of Thermal Systems.
Quantum Systems.
Fractals. Self-organized Critical Phenomena. Neural Networks.


Textbook: H. Gould, J. Tobochnik, and W. Christian, "Computer Simulation
Methods, Applications to Physical Systems" third edition


The lecture notes and homework for this course are available through Course Site