CoS 504: Computational Physics
The students will apply highperformance computing to solve physics problems. A simulation project composed of scientific research, algorithm development, and presentation is required.
Contents:
 Numerical solution of partial differential equations in physics such as the wave, diffusion, Maxwell’s and Schrödinger equations
 Chaos in dynamic systems
 Quantum mechanical and harmonic oscillator; Nbody systems
 Onedimensional quantum mechanics and matrix methods
 Quantum mechanical scattering processes in one dimension
 Percolation
 Markov processes and Monte Carlo methods for the Ising model
 Path integral methods in quantum mechanics, and introduction to numerical simulation of relativistic quantum field theories
Prerequisites:
 CoS501, CoS502
Bibliography and teaching material includes:
 Course notes
 Monte Carlo Methods, M. Kalos and P. Whitlock
Assessment methods:
 The following assessment methods will be combined for the final grade:

 Homework exercises
 Inclass exercises
 A final examination