Syllabus for Computational Physics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA573
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Computational Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2010
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Scientific Computing I and II and Quantum Physics or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

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 will also be clarified for example Monte Carlo simulations and Langevin simulations with applications on different material properties. Finite Element Methods will also be concerned and methods based on density functional theory.


Strong emphasis on computer exercises and project work; in addition teaching sessions and seminars.


Computer exercises and project work

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2010

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Koonin, Steven E. Computational physics

    Redwood City, Ca.: Addison-Wesley, cop. 1986

    Find in the library