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Index to Computational Physics Course Material

A summary of useful weblinks:

  1. Sitemap of the Computational Physics Class website
  2. Summary of announcements about accounts opened, PHELAFEL problems etc.
  3. Email Dr Joan Adler with general questions.
  4. Class email list.
  5. Help from consultants and information about software packages for both this course and your thesis research can be found on the software(tochnot) page of the Computer Center website.
  6. Summary of commands on PHELAFEL and phclass1-5.
  7. With fortran and c we will be using pgplot graphics and a listing of the different subroutines can be found on the local pgplot subroutines page. For use on phclass1-5 see the commands page for compilation etc.
  8. General information and syllabus.
  9. View projects from previous years.
  10. Summary of links.


The way to use this site is - firstly come to the lecture - then read the page again, going into all the links in order. If you have to miss the lecture due to MILUIM, please read thru with all links before the next lecture.
  1. Week 1 - History, hardware, software, communications, manuals, consultants, web use, security. Programs - survey2012.f, compiling and running FORTRAN in LINUX. (28/10/12)
  2. Week 2 - Simulation, enumeration, algebraic manipulations, solution of equations, basic precautions. Example of random walks, random numbers. Programs rwalk1.f rwalk2.f urand.f cplot.f, compiling with PGPLOT, project discussion. (4/11/12)
  3. Week 3 - numerical differentiation, quadrature, roots, and Targil 5 discussion. Programs chap1*.f (11/11/12)
  4. Week 4 - Ordinary differential equations, order and chaos. Programs chap2*.f (18/11/12)Targil 1 due 18:00.
  5. Week 5 - Boundary value and eigenvalue equations, Schroedinger equations. Programs chap3*.f (25/11/12) Targil 2 due.
  6. Week 6 - Molecular Dynamics in Solids, Visualization (2/12/12) No homework due, but look at the page on Molecular Dynamics and play some of the movies there.
  7. Week 7 - MATHEMATICA, special functions, gaussian quadrature + project topic reports (12/12/12) Project proposal and Targil 3 due. THIS is a Wednesday but Matkonet Sunday! Students who work full time and cannot come on Wednesday must hand in proposal and Targil in advance.
  8. Week 8 - Monte Carlo integration, Ising models and simulated annealing (16/12/12).
  9. Week 9 - Percolation, fractals (23/12/12)
  10. Week 10 - Series expansions, Pade approximants (30/12/12) + LINUX bits. Perhaps queue submission on ALUF if there is time. Targil 4 due.

  12. Week 13 - HPC (6/1/13, may run into second week).
  13. Week 11 - partial differential equations - time dependent Schroedinger eqn (13/1/13) + preliminary project presentations/status reports. Summary of SURVEY questions. Seminar suited for report, Tuesday 14:30 in rm 300.
  14. Week 12 Granular media, computational optics (20/1/13) and other topics to be selected. Targil 5 due.

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  15. This gives a spare week, in case there will be a reason not to hold class one week, or some topic does not get finished.


  1. Targil 1 - due 4th lecture of the semester, 18/11/12.
  2. Targil 2 - due 25/11/12.
  3. Targil 3 - due 12/12/12. (Note - our lecture is on a Wednesday this week)
  4. Targil 4 - due 30/12/12.
  5. Targil 5 - due 20/1/13, points charged after end of semester.
  6. Project Information proposal due 12/12/12, project due end of moed bet spring semester 2012/13, or will cost points.

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Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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