Computatioanl Physics (PH4232C, Spring, 2014)
Course Description:
Through this course students will learn various numerical methods apply them to a variety of
physics problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetism,
quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, using MATLAB and other computer languages such as FORTRAN and C++.
Students successfully
completing this course will develop sufficient computational skills
necessary to investigate basic physics problems numerically or to carry out simple computer simulations.
Learning Objectives:
Numerical algorithms to solve the follwoing methematical problems.
 Differential and integral calculus
 Ordinary differential equations
 Linear/nonLinear Systems
 Fourier fnalysis
 Curve fitting
 Eigenvalue problems
 Pertial differential equations
 Stochastic differential equations
 Molecular dynamics simulation
 Monte Carlo simulation
Day and Time: 
Tue. & Thu. 11:00APM12:15PM 
Room: 
PH 394 (Del Square) 
Instructor: 
Dr. Ryoichi Kawai 
email: 
kawai@uab.edu 
phone: 
(205) 9343931 
skype^{*}: 
userid = ryoichikawai
* You must send your skype user ID to
the instructor by email in advance or your call will be blocked. 
Office Hour: 
by appointment

Course Website: 
http://kawai.phy.uab.edu/courses/2014Spring/ph762 
Course Schedule
List of Projects
Questions and Answers

Required
Textbook 


A. Garcia: Numerical Methods for Physics
(Prentice Hall, 2nd ed. 1999)
ISBN13: 9780139067440 

Messages from the Instructor
 [01/07] Lecture Note 00 "Popular Mathematical Software" is updated.
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MATLAB
The use of MATLAB is required in this course. UAB has a site license and students are elligible to install MATLAB on their computer.
Installation instruction is given at
https://docs.uabgrid.uab.edu/wiki/Matlab_site_license
Computer Languages
You can use your favorite computer language to solve homework and project problems. However, this course uses MATLAB in class. Therefore, students necessarily learn MATLAB. It is not intended to teach other computer languages in class. Students are responsible to learn the language by themself. Upon request the instructor may offer a short seminer on FORTRAN or C++ language outside of the class hours. Fortran and C++ compilers are readily availabe on the Linux system. Most of numerical tools are free on Linux. While some softwares are also availbe free on Microsoft Windows systems, not all of them are available on Windows. The use of :inux is strongly recommended. If you prefer to use C#, Java or Python, let the instructor know it.
Homework
Several homework problems will be given every week. Homework must be
turned in electronically by email. Allowed formats are MATLAB script file (.m), source codes in the standard text format such as .c and .f90 files so that the instructor can compile and excute the programs. Hand written documents must be scanned in PDF.
Projects
There is no paper exam. Students must submit two projects, one by February 28 and the other by April 22. Students can work on the porjects suggested by the instructors or propose their own projects with the instructor's permission.
Grading
Each project carries 30 pts and homework 40 pts. The total maximum possible points is 100 pts. All students must complete two projects and 75% of homework or receive F regardless of the scores.
Letter grades are determined by the rule given in the table. 
Grade 
Total Score 
A 
90 or above 
B 
80 or above 
C 
70 or above 
D 
60 or above 
F 
Otherwise 

