401 - Computational Physics
University, Spring 2010)
sure to be familiar with FORTRAN
and GNUPLOT within one week
after the semester start (see links below)
- Homework will be assigned throughout
the semester on an alomst weekly basis and account for 80% of the course
- For supplementary
information on previous semesters, click here.
- For previous years' final exams,
class: Wed Jan 20, last class: Tue May 04 (redefined
Spring Break: Mar 15-19, Reading Day: Good Friday
Office : Cyclotron
(Building 434) Room 211 , Mitchell Physics
Building Room 313
Office-Hrs : Mon+Wed
11:15am-12:15pm in MPHY-313, Thu 3-4pm (or by appointment) in CYCL-211
Phone : 845-1411 (ext. 226), home:
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistant (Homework
email : email@example.com
Office: Halbouty 352
Consultation concerning homework: by appointment
Material and Prerequisite
The course will be based on the book
"Computational Physics", 2nd edition, by Nicholas N. Giardano and Hisao
sample programs etc.):
- 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
Programmer's Guide to Fortran77
- Clive Page's page
4.) Links to Gnuplot
e.g.: - Engineering
Department Duke 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.
The total course grade is decomposed as follows:
- homework assignments (every
- final exam: 20% (date and time of final exam: Tue, May 11,
Notes on Lectures
Attendance in the
lectures, as well as taking notes of the material presented, is mandatory.
In particular, the final exam will be heavily based on
the material discussed in the lectures.
Furthermore, you are responsible for all announcements
in class (including the regular
material discussed in the lectures defines the scope of the homework
problems and final exam.
Note on Homework
For the weekly
assignment of homework problems (usually given as handout in class),
Unless otherwise noted, homework is assigned in class and
due in class approx. 7-10 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 room MPHY-152 (your TAMU ID
card should be activated for access; if you encounter
problems check with the Physics computing office).
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
assistant, 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 working through the almost-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 http://www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor
Any type of
cheating (e.g., copying homework or during the final exam) is
and seriously penalized.
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Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute
comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with
disabilities. Among other things, this
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.
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.