Computational Physics 2 (Simulation of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Systems)
Module version of SS 2017
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.
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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 2017 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
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Tue, 14:00–16:00, PH HS3
and singular or moved dates
|UE||2||Exercise to Computational Physics 2: Simulation of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Systems||Recksiegel, S.||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
There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Derive the formula for the discrete Fourier transform by evaluating the integral in the continuous Fourier transform with the trapezoidal rule.
- Give the DE that describes a pendulum with friction and a periodic driving force. How would you solve this DE numerically? Sketch several orbits in phase space.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.