Physics 401  -  Computational Physics

Homepage and Syllabus

(Texas A&M University, Fall 2005)

   Announcements (updated regularly):

    Mon+Wed+Fri  12:40-01:30pm
    Room:  ENPH 207
     (1st class:  Mon Aug 29,   last class:  Mon Dec 05,
       no classes on Fri Nov 25 due to Thanksgiving  break)

       Course Instructor
Dr. Ralf Rapp
    Office        : Cyclotron (Building 434)  Room 211

    Office-Hrs : Tue, Wed + Thu 3-4pm or by appointment
    Phone       : 845-1411 (ext. 226), home: 268-3164
    E-mail       :

      Teaching Assistant (Homework Grader)
   Mr. Ben Valvano  
   email  :
   Phone: 512-922-3327
   Consultation concerning homework:  by appointment

       Required Material and Prerequisite
     1.)  TEXTBOOK:
           The course will be based on the book
           "Computational Physics", 2nd edition, by Nicholas N. Giardano and Hisao Nakanishi
homepage (including sample programs etc.): click
      2.)  Prerequisites:
             - MATH 311 or 409 (or registration therein)
          - Basic knowledge to program in Fortran (or registration in CPSC 203) and use Gnuplot
          - University-issued computer account

      3.)  Links to Fortran Tutorials/Guides:
             e.g.:  - User Notes on Fortran Programming
                   - Professional Programmer's Guide to Fortran77
4.)  Links to Gnuplot Tutorials
          e.g.: - Engineering Department Duke University
                  - Computing Labs Northern Iowa University


    The course will cover an introduction to and more advanced applications of computational (numerical)
    methods in theoretical physics.
    The SYLLABUS for the lectures can be found here.

       Course Grade
  The total course grade is decomposed as follows:


        Notes on Lectures
    Attendance in the lectures, as well as taking notes of the material presented, is mandatory.
    Furthermore, you are responsible for all announcements made
in class (including the regular
    homework assignments).

    The material discussed in the lectures defines the scope of the homework problems


     Note on Homework
    For the weekly assignment of homework problems (either drawn from the textbook or given as pdf-file),
   Unless otherwise noted, homework is assigned on Fridays (or Mondays) in class and due in class on the
   Monday 10 (or 7) days later. Late hand-in will be penalized by subtracting 25% of the score per day late.
   Personal computers to program and run source code are available in ENPH 217.
   Cooperative work and discussions are encouraged, but every student must generate and hand in his/her
   individual solution set by the due date. Questions can be addressed to your course
instructor, who will
   be happy to help you (preferably during, but not restricted to, office hours)

  To pass the course, you will have to keep up with the material of the course by attending the
  lectures and thoroughly work
through the weekly homework assignments. The course material
  subsequently builds on earlier chapters.


       AGGIE Honor Code
  An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.
  Also see
  Any type of cheating (e.g., copying homework or during the final exam) is
  strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.

       ADA  Statement
  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides
  comprehensive civil rights
protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this
  legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that
  provides for reasonable accommodation of their
disabilities. If you believe you have a disability
  requiring an
accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students
  with Disabilities, in Room 126 of the Koldus Building or
  call 845-1637; for more info see also here.
  Department of Student Life, SSD, will review your concerns and determine, with you, what
  accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and
documentation concerning
  disability is kept confidential.