Scientific Computing (COSC3011)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study provides a senior-level treatment of scientific problem solving using computers. Students will understand and apply a wide range of numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations. Linear algebra is used to provide detailed insight into stability analysis, relaxation methods, and implicit integration. A variety of scientific problems are considered, including planetary motion, population demographics, heat diffusion, traffic flow and quantum mechanics. All coding is performed with MATLAB, and basic programming experience is assumed.

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Classes

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week.

Assessment

Assignments, lab, project work and written exam. (100%)

Textbooks

Garcia, AL. Numerical Methods for Physics, 2nd Edition.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Programming experience in MATLAB., 12 credit points chosen from Junior Mathematics and Statistics, 12 credit points of Intermediate units in Science subject areas.

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Programming experience in MATLAB.

Prohibitions

PHYS3944, PHYS3044, PHYS3039, PHYS3301, COSC3911, PHYS3939, PHYS3043, PHYS3901, COSC3901, PHYS3943, COSC3001

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