Computational Physics 2 (Simulation of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Systems)
Module version of SS 2011
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|SS 2021||SS 2020||SS 2019||SS 2018||SS 2017||SS 2011|
PH2090 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Specialization Modules in Elite-Master Program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2090 in the version of SS 2011 was Stefan Recksiegel.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This is the second part of the Computational Physics course of which PH2057 is the first part.
Multiple subjects from Computational Physics are discussed:
10. Random Numbers
11. Fourier Transform
12. Nonlinear Systems and Chaos
14. Time evolution of Quantum Wave Packets
15. Integral Equations
16. Finite Elements
18. Quantum Paths via Functional Integration
19. Introduction to Lattice Gauge Theory
At the end of the module CPII students are able to construct and solve numerical descriptions of classical and quantum mechanical problems. The techniques that they apply include ordinary and partial differential equations, Monte Carlo methods and chaos theory. The students have an insight into some advanced numerical methods used in current research.
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics, but knowledge of the subjects covered in PH2057 is strongly recommended.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||4||Computational Physics 2: Simulation of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Systems||Recksiegel, S.||
singular or moved dates
and dates in groups
Learning and Teaching Methods
lecture, video projector presentation, board work, exercises in individual and group work
practise sheets, accompanying web page: http://users.ph.tum.de/srecksie/lehre
Much of the material in this course is covered in
Computational Physics: Problem Solving with Computers by Landau, P´aez and Bordeianu, Wiley-Vch, ISBN 3527406263.
For the last chapter, we follow Lepage's Lattice QCD for novices, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-lat/0506036.
Description of exams and course work
In a written exam of 90 minute duration the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.
Current exam dates
Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.
|Exam to Computational Physics 2|
|Wed, 2023-08-02, 11:00 till 12:30||till 2023-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2023-07-26)|
|Fri, 2023-10-13, 11:00 till 12:30||2501
|till 2023-09-25 (cancelation of registration till 2023-10-06)|