|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Practical||11 x 2 Hour Practicals|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||A portfolio of coursework for completion by the end of the semester.||50%|
|Semester Assessment||A mini-project for completion by the end of the semester.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit portfolio and project report||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a familiarity with various techniques for scientific computing and analysis
Write and develop simple numerical codes to solve specific physical examples.
Provide an analysis of a range of numerical methods through a series of coding exercises.
Computational physics provides an alternative approach to the solution of practical and theoretical problems. Solutions that are intractable by analytical techniques can also be solved numerically. Numerical simulation is now an important part of physics and other scientific disciplines. Familiarity with numerical techniques and increased computer power provide opportunities for study across the entire range of science and technology, and this module aims to provide an introduction to computational physics by introducing the basic techniques of numerical analysis.
In this course the basic techniques of numerical analysis will be introduced through use of a script-based programming language. Once the basics are introduced, simple methods, such as interpolation, integration and the roots of functions will be explored. As the module progresses, more complicated methods such as Fourier transforms are introduced. An important part of the module is the solution of ordinary differential equations which will also form part of the numerical project that forms part of the assessment.
This module will comprise a series of 10 lectures with associated 2 hour practical laboratory sessions. The first two lectures and workshops will be to introduce script based programming to students. This will include:
- Simple programming examples.
- Loops and iterations.
- Functions and subroutines.
- Data input and output.
- Linear interpolation.
- Numerical integration.
- Root finding.
- Fourier analysis.
- Solutions to ordinary differential equations (Runge-Kutta).
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Necessary throughout.|
|Communication||Written answers to exercises must be clear and well-structured. Good listening skills are essential to progress in this course.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be expected to develop their own approach to time-management in their attitude to the completion of work on time.|
|Information Technology||Work will be set which requires the use of library facilities.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Completion of exercises and project to set deadlines will aid personal development.|
|Problem solving||A portfolio of selected exercises from each of the exercise classes will be marked.|
|Research skills||Students will be expected to use the written resources to find supplementary material.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Numerical analysis is a key skill for physics and the physical sciences.|
|Team work||Students will be encouraged to work together on questions during the exercise classes.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6