SI2335 Simulation Physics 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Program and simulating simple physical models.
  • Graphically illustrate results from simulations.
  • Analyze and discuss the plausibility of the results by going to various limiting cases.
  • Compare with experiments and discuss possible reasons for discrepancies.
  • Apply the methods to new problems.

Course main content

This course introduces computer simulation as a general and elegant way of solving problems in physics, which can be used also where traditional methods fail. The course aims to give skills to use the computer as a powerful tool for simulation - computer experiments - to study physical systems. The course covers both the modeling and computing in an integrated way. How should physical models be formulated to be both realistic and possible to simulate efficiently? How should the simulation be performed to identify properties of the system system and generate results that can be compared with experiments?
The course includes introductory lectures that introduces various concepts, skills and models. Most of the course consists of a number of student projects. The projects include modeling and programming of problems from different areas of physics and classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.
This course provides a flexible set of modeling and simulation skills that can be used to study many other problems.


Recommended prerequisites:
Elementary programming in Python or MATLAB, bachelor in mathematics, mechanics and physics.

Recommended prerequisites

First two years of bachelor studies, with basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and physics.


An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods: Applications to Physical Systems (3rd Edition)
Harvey Gould, Jan Tobochnik, Wolfgang ChristianAddison Wesley; 3 edition, 2006


  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

PRO1 - Written and oral presentation of computer simulation data, 6 credits, grades: A-F

Requirements for final grade

Presentaition of projects (PRO1; 6 hp).

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Berk Hess (


Berk Hess <>

Supplementary information

Replaced by SI1336 från 17/18.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2013.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2011.