COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Introduction to Computational Physics
Course Code: 
15PHY234
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Type: 
Elective
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Introduction to Computational Physics' is a course offered in the B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Differentiation: Numerical methods, forward difference and central difference methods, Lagrange’s interpolation method.

Integration: Newton - cotes expression for integral, trapezoidal rule, Simpsons’s rule, Gauss quadrature method.

Unit 2

Solution of differential equations: Taylor series method, Euler method, Runge Kutta method, predictor-corrector method.

Roots of equations: Polynomial equations, graphical methods, bisectional method, Newton-Raphson method, false position method.

Unit 3

Solution of simultaneous equations: Elimination method for solving simultaneous linear equations, Gauss elimination method, pivotal condensation method, Gaussseidal iteration method, Gauss Jordan method, matrix inversion method.

Eigen values and Eigen vectors of matrix: Determinant of a matrix, characteristic equation of a matrix, eigen values and eigen vectors of a matrix, power method.

  • Rubin H Landau & Manuel Jose Paez Mejia, “Computational Physics”, John Wiley & Sons
  • Suresh Chandra, “Computer Applications in Physics”, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi
  • M Hijroth Jensen, Department of Physics, University of Oslo, 2003 (Available in the Web)