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Computational Methods in Technical Physics

Winter Term 2017/18

Practical exercise (short: UE for german "Uebung") for the lecture Computational Methods in Technical Physcis (PHY.L30_UF) at the Technical University Graz. Details concerning the lecture or the UE can be found at the TUG-Online.

The exercises take place at the computer room in the cellar of Physics Institute of the Technical University Graz (PHK1130). There are 3 Groups due to the large amount of participating students (*: My Groups):

Group 1(*):

14:45 - 16:15

Group 2(*):

16:30 - 18:00

Group 3:

18:15 - 19:45

Course Content

The course gives an introduction to numerical concepts used in physics. At the beginning basics about numerics such as numerical errors are introduced.
The first Assignment is about interpolation (using also Fourier transformation) and least square fits.
The second Assignment is about Eigenproblems. Since solving eigenvalue problems is of great importance for physics different approaches of solving them are used.
The third Assignment is about numerical solution of equations and solving linear systems (mainly using the Gauss-Seidel method).
The fourth Assignment is about numerical integration, differentiation and solving differential equations. Therefore the Runge-Kutta method is used since it can be used to tackle a lot of different problems appropriately.

Exercise Mode

A detailed description about the grading scheme can by downloaded by registered students via the TeachCenter-Course.

Supplemental Material

All supplemental material is only accessible for registered students via the TeachCenter-Course.


The following list contains literature used in the lecture and some additional books favored by the siteowner. The books are ascending in complexity.

  • E. Schachinger: "Computermethoden der Technischen Physik (PHY.L20) - Basic Computational Methods in Physics" (Lecture Notes), (2018)
  • W. Press, S. Teukolsky, W. Vetterling, B. Flannery: "Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing", Third Edition (2007)
  • B. Stickler, E. Schachinger: "Basic Concepts in Computational Physics", Second Edition (2016)

Bernd Riederer

BSc MSc Bernd Riederer Institut für Physik

Mozartgasse 14/II
Room 0025-02-0004
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5089

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