On completion of the course, the student should be able to
account for how numerical methods can be developed
apply his practical experiences on physical problems
account for various scientific problems the different methods can be used to solve
account for the role as computer models and simulations play at studies of physical systems within material technology
Overview and advanced study of numerical methods. The course is focused against practical aspects of computational physics and contain set-up and writing of software to solve physical problems particularly within molecular dynamics, statistical physics and material physics. Different aspects of molecular dynamics simulations, for example the precision of pair-potentials and the length of time steps, will be highlighted. Different aspects of stochastic and deterministic simulations by Monte Carlo simulations and Langevin methods will be discussed. Numerical aspects of electronic structure calculations with tight-binding approximation will be covered along with more sophisticated Hartree-Fock and Density Functional theory.
Strong emphasis on computer exercises and project work; in addition teaching sessions and seminars.