Department of Physics, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Assessment:||CW 40%, EX 60%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||PH20018 - Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take PH10007 and take PH10008|
The aims of this unit are to introduce and develop structured programming skills in a high-level language as a tool for the numerical solution of physical problems. A further aim is to develop the student's awareness of the sources of error in numerical calculations and the means of reducing them.
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* carry out the structured design of a computer program using flowcharts or pseudocode;
* give examples of the introduction of rounding errors due to numerical techniques and methods of minimising such problems;
* write computer programs in a high level structured language including arithmetic expressions, loops, branching instructions and arrays;
* describe methods for testing and debugging programs and apply these techniques to the student's own computer programs;
* outline the advantages of using subprograms and write computer programs in a high level structured language using external subprograms;
* use numerical techniques to solve physical problems.
Written Communication T/F A, Numeracy T/F A, Information Technology T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.
Introduction to numerical analysis: Use of computers in numerical analysis.
Basic vocabulary of computers: Compilation, linking. Variable types. Generic control structures; loops and conditionals. Input and output. Arrays. Floating point round-off and truncation errors. Maximum integer size.
Syntax of the C language: Intrinsic functions of C. Operators and precedences.
Introduction to UNIX: Drives, files and directories in UNIX systems. Essential UNIX commands and editing.
Applications: Root finding. Function evaluation via series expansion and look-up tables. Matrix diagonalisation, normal mode problems.
Structured programming: Subprograms, modules, libraries, pointers, structures in C, inheritances, complex numbers.
Applications: Transfer matrix and/or shooting methods.
PH20018 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Physics
PH20018 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Physics