Introduction to Computational Physics
Before the class starts:
OPENING COMPUTER ACCOUNTS:
- Course work for this class will be done on
phelafel and phclass1-5, LINUX computers in Rm 315, or elsewhere after OK from Dr Adler.
every student in this course must have an
account on TX (graduates) or T2 (undergraduates),
before we will open accounts on phelafel.
You should have received forms for
T2/TX accounts on enrolment, they are the machines on which you get your e-mail. This account that has an address of YOURNAME@tx.technion.ac.il (or at t2.technion.ac.il
is also an account on a computer called staff.technion.ac.il that is a LINUX computer you can log onto and run programs, latex etc on it. All programs needed for this class are installed there. Unlike the computer physics that is meant for websites and mail
staff is meant to run things on too, although there is an interactive time limit. Sometimes when I say tx I mean staff - until recently they were the same machine.
Physics graduate students should ask the
Physics Department software
in Rm 454
for help with their tx or physics accounts if they need it.
- Once your TX/T2 account has been
opened you may link to the phelafel
website and follow the instructions to open your
an account on
- VERY IMPORTANT! you can log on to phelafel and the phclasses
from anywhere in the Technion (including TX/T2) so you MUST NEVER switch them off!!!!! because someone else may want to log in from remote.
ACCESS TO ROOM 315:
see above - you need to get a key from Yiftah or Misha.
QUESTIONS: If you have a question about the course please read
the frequently asked questions
FAQs page and if the answer is not there
email Dr Joan Adler.
If I think an answer is of interest to others I will add it to the FAQs.
FIRST WEEK: BACKGROUND MATERIAL FOR COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS
- History: this seems to include also the computers used for the
course a few years ago. The big question
is whether the lecturer is also already part of history???
- Hardware: a discussion about different types of
computer architectures, printers, switches and modems.
- Software: operating systems, languages, compilers, graphics formats,
libraries, output drivers,
word processors and software issues such as public domain and site-licenses.
What software is on PHELAFEL and how to set up your account there
and compile simple fortran programs.
- Communications: TCP/IP protocols, ethernet etc, accessing
PHELAFEL from remote. We will make a
class email list.
- Manuals and Consultants:
on any UNIX system, to get information about a command (e.g. ssh) try to type
``man ssh''. Different software packages have their help files
in different places, but, in general,
lots of good information and help for Technion graduate students with
computing matters related to their RESEARCH can be found from the Computer Center
- The Web: an introduction to the web and some websites that are relevant to
this course. Preparing your own homepage, to be listed on the
At the start of the next lecture I might ask short oral
questions about the material
on the pages
linked in the section above.
So please think now if there was anything you did not understand and see the
Check out the
commands page for helpful advice.
The targil for the first week is to download, compile,
and run the file sur2012.f which can be found
commands page for how to compile fortran.
Extra help for the targil.
You must also get a key to Rm 315, get your account(s) opened and get
your web browser sorted out ready for the next lecture in rm 315.
If you need information on an editor check out
See MAP of Rm 315
Phelafel and phclass1-5
are for your use during this course
and for general interactive use for new Physics
MsC students who do not yet have a supervisor and for project students.
Reference material for later lectures and all targilim will be listed
Check that you do the following before the next class:
Students who missed the first lecture must do the 4 items here before the next class if they wish to join it.
Register on the LISTSERV -
http://tx.technion.ac.il/archives/ph118094-w-l.html - this does not register you to course or oblige you to register - it does get you all emails about the course and helps me allocate a computer.
- Get key to Rm 315 from Yiftach or Misha.
- Print, complete and place in my letterbox the registration form for an account on phelafel/phclass.
- Download the homework exercise, do it, hand in ``printed'' version and email the output file to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Computational Physics
Group at the
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