SI2530 Computational Physics 7.5 credits

Beräkningsfysik

Simulation methods, mainly MonteCarlo and molecular dynamics.

  • Educational level

    Second cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

    D
  • Subject area

    Engineering Physics
    Physics
  • Grade scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 17 for single courses students - To application

  • Periods

    Autumn 17 P1 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10086

  • Start date

    28/08/2017

  • End date

    2017 week: 43

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    AlbaNova

  • Number of lectures

  • Number of exercises

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Course responsible

    Anatoly Belonoshko <anatoly@kth.se>

  • Application

    Apply for this course at antagning.se through this application link.
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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.

Course main content

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.

Eligibility

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

Literature

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

Examination

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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics

Contact

Anatoly Belonoshko (anatoly@kth.se)

Examiner

Anatoly Belonoshko <anatoly@kth.se>

Add-on studies

SI2531 which is an individual project course.

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.