University of Heidelberg

Introduction to Computational Physics SS 2019 (UKWR2)

NEWS: Enrolment Key for MOODLE: ComPhysIntro2019 (case sensitive)
--> The lecture and tutorials use the elearning system (MOODLE) of the University of Heidelberg. Enrolment is requested for ALL participants of the lecture in the MOODLE system, in order to get access to the tutorial sheets and to the information exchange between lecturer and students.
The enrolment for the tutorials MUST be done separately through: Physics Tutorial Management Pages (Uebungen). NOTICE: In this system it is NOT necessary to enrol to the lecture again. Only to the tutorial groups please!
Lecturers: Prof. Ralf Klessen; ZAH/ITA, Albert Ueberle-Str. 2, 69120 Heidelberg
Prof. Rainer Spurzem; ZAH/ARI, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg
Time and Place: Wednesday, 9:15 - 10:45 Uhr, INF 227 (KIP), HS 2.
Friday, 11:15 - 12:00 Uhr, INF 308, HS 2 (Physics small lecture hall).
Lecture Plan

Begin/Topic: Wednesday April 17, 2019, 09:15 (Introduction and Planning Session, Organisation of Tutorials)
Solution of physical problems with the computer. Lecture in English Language.
The module UKWR2 "Introduction to Computational Physics" can be part of both Bachelor and Master studies in physics. Its description (unfortunately still only in German) can be found in the Bachelor Handbook under this link. The main pre-requirement is that we recommend to know already a high level programming language. For absolute beginners in programming it will be quite hard (though not impossible, you can try if you want) to learn programming during the lecture. Our lecture focuses, however, on programming to solve physical problems, not programming itself.
Regarding physical knowledge, basic knowledge is again useful for a deeper understanding (we will work on topics from mechanics, statistical physics and quantum mechanics, for example), but the technical/numerical tasks can be solved by only following the explanations in the lecture.
Tutorials (English) : Begin of Tutorials: Friday April 26, Monday April 29
Group 1 (English): Monday, 13:15 - 16:00, Branislav Avramov, INF 227, CIP Pool KIP 1.401
Group 2 (English): Friday, 13:15 - 16:00, Robin Tress, INF 227 CIP Pool KIP 1.401
Group 3 (English): Monday, 13:15 - 16:00, Kiyun Yun, Phil. 12 CIP Pool
Group 4 (English): Friday, 13:15 - 16:00, Raúl Domínguez, Phil. 12 CIP Pool
Branislav Avramov
Robin Tress
Kiyun Yun
Raúl Domínguez

The exercise sheets will be uploaded to the pages of our lecture in the elearning system of the university (MOODLE) every week usually until Wed evening or Thu morning by the latest. Students should summarise their answers to the exercises (graphs, values, text answers, etc) and email them to their tutors. This LaTeX template can be used to produce a PDF file containing all these items. It is just an offer - you can use any software to write and create your files as long as at the end there is one file (most preferable: pdf) with the required content. Students should also send their computer source programs to the tutor so they can be checked. One document per group is sufficient, but the names of ALL group members should be included.

Script: Manuscript of this lecture 2008/2009 .
More up-to-date informations and additional reading material will be posted on our page in the E-Learning System of Univ. of Heidelberg (Moodle)
More Info: Most of the tasks can be done using Jupyter/python, but you are free to use other high level programming languages, such as C/C++/Fortran to solve the exercises in the tutorials (note that for the use of other very exotic or unusual programming languages, there may be less or no support available from the tutors). In some cases Mathematica has to be used, it is provided on the systems in the CIP pools.

Here are links to supplementary informations, which will be useful and explained during the progress of the lecture. You can see the structure of the lecture in the script and the lecture plan (see links above). The script also contains a literature list. More informations and materials can be found in the elearning (moodle) system.
Quantum States of Neutrons in gravitational field detected in Heidelberg (Press Release Univ. Heidelberg 2002, in German)
Gnuplot Tutorial - plain text examples
Gnuplot Tutorial - pdf Manual
Gnuplot Test Data for Plotting (Filename myfile.txt)
Mathematica Reference Handbook
Mathematica Handbook (pdf) , or as Mathematica Notebook (by R. Kühn)
For Mathematica see also some information in our lecture manuscript .

Supplementary Material: pdf file of the general introduction to computer physics (R. Spurzem) at April 15, 2015
Runge-Kutta Methods (in German, from Schwarz, Num. Mathematik)
Numerik f. Ingenieure Skript (Numerical Mathematics for En gineers, in German) more technical details on Runge-Kutta methods, see p. 77
Der Lorenz Attraktor (in German)

(Responsible for contents: Rainer Spurzem )
Contact: D. Möricke
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