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PHY301  Physics Computations III
All course materials and worksheets will appear here.
Instructor
Prof. Jon Pumplin  Office 3240 BPS Bldg.,
(517) 3559200 ext. 2126, pumplin@pa.msu.edu
Course Outline
This onecredit course is the third of three labstyle courses (PHY102, PHY201,
PHY301) designed to teach undergraduate physics students how to use computers
to solve physics problems.
PHY102 emphasizes the use of Mathematica.
PHY201 emphasizes programming in Fortran 90, with occasional use of Mathematica.
PHY301 uses C++ , also with some use of Mathematica.
Course Assessment
75% of your grade will come from your solution to the worksheets.
For each
worksheet which is not completed by its due date, your grade is reduced by 0.5.
If you complete all the worksheets but do not do the lab. exam, you get a 3.0
grade.
25% of your grade will come from a one hour practical exam at the end of the semester.
This exam will be held in the last week of the semester during your regular
lab. time. In the exam you will be asked to write simple C++ code
and to use Mathematica. Nothing new will be introduced. You will need
to know how to use the online help facilities.
PHY201 and PHY301 meet simultaneously in Room 1240 BPS (Biomedical and Physical
Sciences Building). There are no lectures: the class is entirely handsonkeyboard.
There are two class sessions, but you may find that you can
finish the worksheets ahead of the due dates without attending during all of the
scheduled times. Class times:
3:30pm  6:30pm Thursday
4pm  5pm Friday
The worksheets
Worksheet 1  due Sept 12 at 5pm (3 weeks)
Worksheet 2  due Oct 10 at 5pm (4 weeks)
Worksheet 3  due Oct 31 at 5pm (3 weeks)
Worksheet 4  due Nov 14 at 5pm (2 weeks)
Worksheet 5  due Nov 21 at 5pm (1 week)
Exam  Dec. 4 at 3:30pm
Reference materials
Introduction to
Linux Computing in 1240BPS.
Introduction to
Mathematica (Written by Ellen Lau)
Online tutorial.
MSU course with a large number of examples that can be used as templates.
Online intro to C and C++
C++ programming
for scientists
Lots of online C, C++ and Java (but quite a few
dead links)
C++ An Introduction to computing, Adams, Leestma, Nyhoff
GNU Scientific Library . Free and useful software.
Numerical Recipes online. This is a book of numerical
methods that are very useful in physics, and the code can
used as a model for writing your own C++
Introduction to HTML online
local html help
Graphics programs, including xmgrace
Other local help manuals (e.g. Latex and related packages).
