Computational Physics

401 & 619 (Spring 2014)

## general information

The class will be held in room MPHY 107 (new Mitchell Physics Building) Wednesday and Friday at the following times

401 (undergraduate)11:30 - 12:20 lab in MPHY 303A 15:00 - 17:00 619 (graduate)12:40 - 13:30 lab in MPHY 303A 15:00 - 17:00

Instructor:Helmut Katzgraber Office:MPHY 409 Phone:(979) 209 0207 E-mail:click here Hours:By appointment via email. 401 reqs:MATH311, MATH412, PHYS302, PHYS309, knowledge of a programming/scripting language 619 reqs:PHYS408, PHYS412, knowledge of a programming/scripting language Books:see literature list provided in class Grading:Lab (20%) Homework (20%) Semester project (40%) Semester project report in LaTeX (10%) Semester project presentation (10%) TA:Ross McDonald

Note:You must score 70% or higher in the Lab work to pass the course. Although homework and lab combined only count 40%, Ihighlyencourage you to do the homework sets regularly. You are allowed to miss one lab that will not be counted towards the final grade. However, you will have to show me a university-approved excuse. I encourage you to use email as a means of communicating with me about any problems concerning the course: questions about the material from lecture, about the homework problems, or about the course administration. In an effort to save some trees, there will be no printed handouts. The lecture notes will (usually...) be placed online the day before the class. All necessary information can be obtained online.

## syllabus & slides

## semester projects

It might be necessary to make teams for the semester projects. However, you are responsible to clearly state what each student's contribution was. Keep in mind that a simple Q&A during the presentation will show if you did the work or not... Projects marked with a 'G' are intended for graduate students, with a 'U' for undergrads. Projects in red have been taken.

typetopicU Michael Allen: Percolation transition in two space dimensions (HGK)U Nick Amin: Self-avoiding random walks and polymers (HGK)U Two-dimensional Ising Model on GPUs (RMD) U Dimitri Michaelides: Closed orbits in the 3-body problems with 4th order methods (RMD)U Casey Perkins & Wang Jizhou: Optimization with genetic algorithms (RMD)U Caitlin Campbell: Traveling salesman problem (ZZ)U Chris Akers: Bak-Tang-Wisenfeld sandpile model (ZZ)U Alex Gary: Avalanches in the random-field Ising model (ZZ)U Weiguang Huo: Solitons (RMD)U Robert Bordovsky: Predator-prey models (AJO)U Heat transfer on nontrivial topologies (RMD) U William Baker: Testing random number generators with the Wolff algorithm (AJO)U Richard Vega: Fractals on GPUs and visualization (RMD)G Jianing Zhang: 2D Ising model with simple MC and cluster algorithms (critical slowing down, autocorrelation times, finite-size scaling)G Yunsong Wu & Zhikun Xing: Variational Quantum Monte Carlo (ground state of the anharmonic oscillator)G Sriteja Upadhyayula & Petr Zhokhov: Molecular dynamics (breathing mode of fullerenes)G Jamming of hard spheres (Krauth algorithms) G Wenchao Ge & Han Cai: Exact diagonalization (one-dimensional Hubbard model)G Hysteretic vs extremal optimization of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model G Laziz Saribaev: Wang-Landau algorithm for the 2D Potts ModelG Andrew Ochoa: Simulations of the 2D random-bond Ising modelMore on request... The LaTeX macro for the report can be found HERE. The different undergrad projects will be guided by Helmut Katzgraber (HGK), Andrew Ochoa (AJO), Zheng Zhu (ZZ), and Ross McDonald (RMD). Graduate students are expected to work independently with some guidance from Ross McDonald and Helmut Katzgraber. Final reports click here

## legal

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