Computational Physics  PHYS:4860


professor: Vincent G.J. Rodgers
office: 513 VAN
telephone: 319-335-1219
classes: Tu, Thu, 3:30-5:45 PM,   201 VAN
office hours: Wed, Thursday 1:30 PM-2:30; Also by appointment.


  Textbooks :

Mathematica For Physics, by Robert Zimmerman and Fredrick Olness
Addison Wesley 2002  (REQUIRED)  


Course Description:

This is course is designed to provide undergraduates and graduate students with an introduction into computer algebra, symbolic manipulation and numerical analysis.  The program that will be used is Mathematica throughout the course.  The course will also familiarize the student with the LaTeX programming language.  The course will uses symbolic manipulation to study linear systems, differential equations, point particle Lagrangian Mechanics, Classical Field Theories including Electrodynamics, General Relativity, the Dirac Equation and Yang-Mills Theories.  The course will explore topics in Group Theory used by physicists such as the Lorentz Group.  Because of the computational nature of the course, no prior knowledge of these specific areas is required.


A typical distributions of grades will be:

      100%-84% A's

      84%-68% B's

      68%-52% C's

      52%-36% D's

      below 36% F


General Policy: Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. I typically will not lend my notes to make up material due to absence. Any complaints about this course should be addressed directly to me. If this does not resolve matters then they can be handled by the associate executive officer, Prof. Cornelia Lang 

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