A Survey of Computational Physics: Introductory Computational Science

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Princeton University Press, Oct 30, 2011 - Science - 688 pages
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Computational physics is a rapidly growing subfield of computational science, in large part because computers can solve previously intractable problems or simulate natural processes that do not have analytic solutions. The next step beyond Landau's First Course in Scientific Computing and a follow-up to Landau and Páez's Computational Physics, this text presents a broad survey of key topics in computational physics for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, including new discussions of visualization tools, wavelet analysis, molecular dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics. By treating science, applied mathematics, and computer science together, the book reveals how this knowledge base can be applied to a wider range of real-world problems than computational physics texts normally address.

Designed for a one- or two-semester course, A Survey of Computational Physics will also interest anyone who wants a reference on or practical experience in the basics of computational physics.

  • Accessible to advanced undergraduates
  • Real-world problem-solving approach
  • Java codes and applets integrated with text
  • Companion Web site includes videos of lectures
 

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Contents

1 Computational Science Basics
1
2 Errors Uncertainties in Computations
30
3 Visualization Tools
45
Impedance Batons
67
5 Monte Carlo Simulations Nonthermal
109
6 Integration
123
7 Differentiation Searching
146
8 Solving Systems of Equations with Matrices Data Fitting
158
13 Fractals Statistical Growth
326
14 HighPerformance Computing Hardware Tuning and Parallel Computing
352
15 Thermodynamic Simulations Feynman Quantum Path Integration
390
16 Simulating Matter with Molecular Dynamics
424
17 PDEs for Electrostatics Heat Flow
437
String Quantum Packet and EM
478
19 Solitons Computational Fluid Dynamics
508
20 Integral Equations in Quantum Mechanics
540

9 Differential Equation Applications
194
Signals and Filters
231
11 Wavelet Analysis Data Compression
264
12 Discrete Continuous Nonlinear Dynamics
289
Appendices
555
Bibliography
641
Index
651
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Rubin H. Landau is professor of physics and director of the computational physics program at Oregon State University. Manuel Jose Paez is professor of physics at Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia. Cristian C. Bordeianu, a PhD candidate at University of Bucharest, is vice principal at Technological High School 1 in Suceava, Romania.

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