The goal of this course is to introduce students to computational methods for simulating physical systems and solving problems arising in physics and astronomy, as well as in other related fields. Students carry out their work primarily using the MATLAB computing language. The emphasis of the course will be on using computational methods to solve physical problems that cannot be handled analytically.
Topics covered include interpolation, numerical integration, random numbers and random processes, differential equations, and partial differential equations.
Course material created by Pete Schloerb and Min Yun.
Target audience: Introductory undergraduate (1st or 2nd year)
Institution: University of Massachusetts
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