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Numerical Modeling in Physics
NUM MOD IN PHY
CLASS CODE: PH 405 CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A lab course that applies numerical modeling and methods to a variety of modern topics in physics.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course introduces student to numerical methods and modeling that may be used in a wide range of subjects in physics. Subjects include projectile motion, chaos, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and neural networks. The analytical solutions that are taught in introductory physics courses often have limited validity and applicability to physical phenomena and "real world" problems. This course will allow students to move to the next level and create realistic numerical models for a number of physical phenomena.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Learn the process of creating a computer model for a physical system.
2.Use the model to give insights into complex physical systems.
3.Create realistic models.
4.Learn skills in the areas of simulation analysis and visualization.
5.Learn a variety of numerical methods and modeling techniques.
6.Understand the applicability and limitations of the methods which are an important component of the course.
REQUIREMENTS: Laboratory assignement consists of 25 lab activities and is 80% of grade.
Independent project consists of developing a model in an area of modern pysics that has relevance in science and technology.
PREREQUISITES: PH 220, PH 309, PH 336
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2004