Lectures: Tu. 5:10-6:00 pm, Physics-Geology 105.
Lab: Instructor will be in computer lab (Physics-Geology 505) Tu. 6:00-7:00 pm.
Lab: Teaching Assistant will be in computer lab Mo. and We. 3:00-6:00 pm.
COURSE LOCATION: Physics-Geology 105 (lectures) and 505 (lab).
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Scalettar, firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE: Physics-Geology 409.
OFFICE HOURS: Tu. 1:00-2:00 pm.
TEACHING ASSISTANT: Peter Salzman, email@example.com
OFFICE: Physics-Geology 436.
OFFICE HOURS: please contact via email.
TEXT: ``Computational Physics'', N. Giordano, Prentice Hall
We will use molecular dynamics techniques from 105AL to solve for motion in the Kepler problem. We will look at small perturbations to the 1/r potential and observe precession of the orbit perihelion, and consider the case when the solar mass is finite (i.e. study the joint motion of two similar size masses under their mutual gravitational interaction).
Numerical integration of equations of motion of nutating top. This problem will emphasize that when you get stuck analytically you can turn to numerics and make a nice connection to 105B lecture.
Solution of two dimensional Laplace equation by "relaxation" methods. Application will be to determining equilibrium temperature distribution in a solid with known boundary conditions, and equilibrium electric potential with known boundary conditions.
If we get to it: Solution of the (1+1)-d wave equation (1 space + time) numerically. We might also look at a nonlinear equation and solitons.