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Topics in Computational Physics

A physicist brings many tools and skills to the task of understanding the universe. Contemporary research in physics and related sciences almost always involves the use of computers. In this course, we will survey foundational methods and models to explore and deepen our understanding of various domains of physics, including the properties of matter, mechanics, acoustics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics.

We'll examine everyday phenomena through the lens of our theoretical knowledge, discovering, for instance, why oil slicks are colorful, how heat flows, how sun glasses work, how to design a roller coaster and bumper cars, and how what you hear depends on where you are. We'll also investigate the physics embedded in various video games.

This course's emphasis is on the use of computational techniques and resources to solve problems, analyze experimental data, and models and test mathematical models. Students will acquire new computational skills, broaden strengthens their intuition of physical intuition, and have fun.

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Session Two
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.