The course gives an introduction to a new area of science, that of computational physics and chemistry, and should be of interest for everyone who wants to be able to analyze complex real-life problems. This course is intended for fourth year undergraduate and beginning graduate students in physics, chemistry, engineering etc. Realistic problems involving complex systems (interacting many particle systems, chemical or biological molecules, etc.) are often not possible to solve with elementary methods, as taught in basic courses. These problems are very difficult and challenging, and are often incompletely understood. Progress often relies on computer simulation, and the computer revolution has led to an explosion of activity in this field. The ideas and techniques presented in this course will open new ways of looking at complex systems, and introduce extremely powerful methods to study them. The course will be given in English.
To understand and be able to do modeling at different levels of detail that is suitable for solution by computational techniques
To understand the strength and limitations of different computational techniques as compared to analytical methods
To write and test simple simulation programs and run or modify existing more complicated programs
To critically judge and evaluate results from the programs and results published in the literature
Some background in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics and familiarity with computers and computer programming.
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