Fall 2009

Scientific Computing

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-15


Christina Carlsund-Levin (Section 01)


This course explores how computation can be used effectively to solve problems arising in scientific disciplines. It will provide insight into how numerical methods work, and how and where to apply them. Topics include numerical integration, solving systems of equations and differential equations, root finding, the fast Fourier transform, random number generation, curve fitting, error estimation, and simulation of physical systems. We will emphasize ways of constructing correct, efficient algorithms and of implementing those algorithms well. No previous programming experience is required, but quantitative aptitude is essential. Students will be expected to learn the basics of programming in the first few weeks and will do substantial programming throughout the semester. 

Requisite: Mathematics 11 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester.  STINT Fellow Carlsund-Levin.


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009

Textbook for the course

Submitted by Christina Carlsund-Levin on Thursday, 9/3/2009, at 9:46 AM

The textbook for the course will be Timothy Sauer: Numerical Analysis (ISBN 0-321-26898-9).