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PHY301 - Physics Computations III (Fall 2005)All course materials and worksheets will appear here.
Course OverviewThis one-credit course is the third of three lab-style courses (PHY102, PHY201, PHY301) designed to teach undergraduate physics students how to use computers to solve physics problems.
PHY102 introduces or develops your knowledge of Mathematica.
PHY201 introduces or develops your knowledge of programming in Fortran 90.
PHY301 introduces or develops your knowledge of programming in C++.
Physics 201 and 301 are taught concurrently, but they are independent of each other: it is not necessary to take 201 as a prerequisite to 301. Most students will want to choose one of the two languages and ignore the other. Familiarity with Mathematica at the level of Physics 102 is required, however, as a prerequisite for both Physics 201 and 301. It will mainly be used for checking results.
PHY201 and PHY301 meet simultaneously in Room 1240 BPS (Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building).There are no lectures: the class is entirely hands-on-keyboard. You will probably need about 2-3 hours per week to complete the assignments. The room will be open and I will be there to offer help at the following times:
10:20am - 11:20 Thursday
2:00pm - 4:00 Thursday
9:10am - 10:10 Friday
3:00pm - 5:00 Friday
Worksheet 1 - due Sept 16 at 5pm (3 weeks)
There are three class sessions before the first assignment is due, to accommodate students who are learning C++ for the first time.
If you encounter computational problems in your physics classes that you would like to solve using C++ (either for the additional experience, or to replace some of the problems assigned in the worksheets) feel free to ask the instructor.