Scientific Computing (COSC3011)


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


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


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

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Unit of study rules


(12 credit points from Junior Mathematics and Statistics) and (12 credit points from Intermediate Science units)

Assumed knowledge

Programming experience in MATLAB.


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

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