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Course Number: Phys 516
Class Number: 50614R
Instructor: Aiichiro Nakano; office: VHE 610; phone: (213) 821-2657; email:
TA: Ghazaleh Ostovar; email:
Lecture: 9:00-9:50 M W F, KAP 145
Office Hour: 16:00-17:20 F, VHE 610
Class homepage:
T. Pang, "An Introduction to Computational Physics, 2nd Ed." (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010)--sample C, Fortran 77, and Fortran 90 programs available on line.
W. H. Press, B. P. Flannery, S. A. Teukolsky, and W. T. Vetterling, "Numerical Recipes, 3rd Ed." (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007)--available online (C, Fortran 77, and Fortran 90).
R. Li and A. Nakano, Simulation with Python (APress, 2022)--codes.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of calculus and undergraduate physics; familiarity with a programming language such as C or Fortran -- A nice introduction to computing: (1) Y. Patt and S. Patel, Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and beyond, (2) T. Hey and G. Papay, The Computing Universe; Software skills for computational physicists: A. Scopatz and K. D. Huff, Effective Computation in Physics, USC students have free access through Safari Online.

Course Description

Students will learn basic elements of computational methods and acquire hands-on experience in their practical use in the context of computer simulations to solve physics problems. For details, please see course information sheet.

Molecular dynamics simulation of the oxidation of an aluminum nanoparticle.


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