Tentative PHYS 3340 Syllabus   S09

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Last edit: 6 May 2009

Prof. Thomas Coan (x8-2497)          coan@mail.physics.smu.edu
Office: 47 Fondren Science

Date     Topic Reading/HW Due    
L1 21 Jan Intro to Linux (basic cmds + file structure) On-line linux tutorial
L2 26 Jan More Linux (.tcshrc file, redirection, quoting,...) On-line linux tutorial
L3 28 Jan C++ program structure and Compilation Lecture notes
HW1 28 Jan HW due today HW1
L4 29 Jan Representation of real numbers, machine precision;
C++ for loop
Lecture notes; CP 2.7, 2.9
L5 2 Feb Simple numerical integration (NI) CP 5.1-5.4
HW2 4 Feb HW2 due today HW2
L6 4 Feb Errors for NI and Monte Carlo NI CP 5.5
L7 9 Feb Gnuplot and using GSL libraries
L8 11 Feb Binomial probability distribution (yes, the whole lecture)
HW3 16 Feb HW3 due today HW3
L9 16 Feb Poisson & Gaussian Prob distributions;
Random numbers from arbitrary prob distribution;
First look at data fitting.
CP 9.3,9.4.0
L10 18 Feb Numerical derivatives;
Runge-Kutta algorithm for solving ODEs
CP 6; 15.1-15.5.
L11 23 Feb Van der Pol oscillator. Limit cycles in phase space.
C++ while statement and arrays.
CP 19.7
L12 25 Feb Simultaneous ODEs. Application to orbital mechanics.
C++ file I/O
HW4 27 Feb HW4 due today HW4
L13 2 Mar Intro to nonlinear systems (logistic map).
Passing multiple parameters for solution
of simultaneous ODEs.
C++ struct container.
CP 18.1-18.3
L14 4 Mar Chaotic pendulum, Chaos ID and Lyapunov exponentCP 19.1-19.2
HW5 6 Mar HW5 due today HW5
... 9 Mar Spring Break
... 11 Mar Spring Break
L14 cont. 16 Mar Chaos ID and Lyapunov exponent
L15 18 Mar Fractal Dimension, Affine transformations CP 20.1 - 20.3
L15 cont. 23 Mar Root finding in 1D functions. Lecture notes
L16 25 Mar Numerov Technique for ODE (TISE) solutionLecture Notes
L16 30 Mar Newton-Raphons's gotchas and Numerov "lab exercise"
HW6 30 Mar HW6 due today HW6
L17 1 Apr Fourier series and the discrete fourier transfromCP 17.1, 17.2, 17.5, 17.5
L17/18 6 Apr Fourier transforms and the discrete fourier transform CP 17.4, 17.5
L17 cont. 8 Apr yet more on DFTs Lecture Notes
HW7 10 Apr HW7 due today HW7
L18 13 Apr Fast Fourier Transforms Lecture Notes
L19 15 Apr Solution of Simultaneous Linear Equations
and octave Intro
Finding Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Lecture Notes
L19 20 Apr Solution of Simultaneous Linear Equations Lecture Notes
L19 22 Apr Octave exercises Lecture Notes
L20 27 Apr Octave & Solution of 2nd order ODEs Lecture Notes
L21 29 Apr Lab session: projectile motion w/ friction Lecture Notes
4 May Lab Session: Final Project
FPD 6 May Final Project Due

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