SI2530 Computational Physics 7.5 credits

Beräkningsfysik

Simulation methods, mainly MonteCarlo and molecular dynamics.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics methods. Simulations in different statistical mechanical ensembles. Computation of free energies. Stochastic dynamics. Applications to spin systems, fluids, polymers and biological macromolecules.

Intended learning outcomes *

To give an introduction to computational physics, which is a third area of physics beside experimental and theoretical physics. The goal is that the students should be able to:

  • To understand the difference between simulations and other approximative and analytical methods
  • To perform simulations and computations with available programs.
  • Be able to write simple programs and make modifications of available programs.
  • To understand the importance and limitations of a number of basic models with very broad applicability
  • Be able to critically judge published results taking into account the limitations of the models and the statistical nature of several of the methods.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Recommended prerequisites: Statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics corresponding to SI1161 quantum physics and some familiarity with computers and computer programming.

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Literature

M.P. Allen and D.J. Tildesley, Computer simulations of liquids and own material which is available at the web-page

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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Other requirements for final grade *

Computer assignments (LAB1; 3 university credits)
Written exercises (INL1; 4,5 university credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Anatoly Belonoshko

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Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SI2531 which is an individual project course.

Contact

Anatoly Belonoshko (anatoly@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.