PHY102 - Physics Computations I (Spring 2009)
All course materials, worksheets and solutions will be posted here
Prof. Phil Duxbury - BPS4260, 884 5632, duxbury at pa.msu.edu
This is the first in a series of three one credit classes in
The objective of these courses is to
give students a sound knowledge of the important computational
techniques and tools used in physics. PHY102 concentrates
on Mathematica. This is a powerful general purpose program to
do algebraic and numerical calculations, graphics and animation
for a variety of mathematics and physics problems.
During PHY102 you will apply Mathematica
to physics problems drawn from material
covered in PHY183 and/or PHY193H.
In addition to the algebraically solvable problems typically
assigned in courses, you will also solve more complex problems
numerically. Examples include the non-linear pendulum, motion
in a gravitational field and chaos in simple maps.
A weekly worksheet forms the core of the course.
Laboratory Times - BPS1240
Tuesday 5-8pm, Wednesday 12-4pm, Thursday 2-5pm
75% will come from your solution to the weekly worksheets. For each
worksheet which is not completed your grade is reduced by 0.5. If you
complete all the worksheet you get a 3.0 grade.
25% will come from a one hour practical exam at the end of the semester.
This exam will be held in the last week of semester
during your regular
lab. time. In the exam you will be asked to
perform mathematica functions you have
used in the worksheets during the semester. Nothing new will be
introduced. You will need to know how to use the online help facility.
The lab. exam is intended to test how well you know mathematica.
If you know the basic commands well and work efficiently, you
will finish in the allocated 1 hr.
Less than two questions complete -> add 0.0
Between two and four questions complete -> add 0.5
Four or more questions complete -> add 1.0
The worksheets for PHY102
Worksheet 1 - Due Thursday, January 22nd (
Worksheet 2 - Due 6pm Friday, January 30th (
Worksheet 3 - Due 6pm Friday February 1st (
Worksheet 4 - Due 6pm Friday February 8th (
Worksheet 5 - Due 6pm Friday February 15th (
Worksheet 6 - Due 6pm Friday February 22rd (
Worksheet 7 - Due 6pm Friday February 29th (
Worksheet 8 - Due 6pm Friday March 14th (
Worksheet 9 - Due 6pm Friday March 21st (
Worksheet 10 - Due 6pm Friday March 28th (
Worksheet 11 - Due 6pm Friday April 4th (
Worksheet 12 - Due 6pm Friday April 11th (
Worksheet 13 - Due 6pm Friday April 18th (
Helpfiles for PHY102
Mathematica (Written by Ellen Lau)
Linux Computing in BPS1240.
, it is very useful. In particular there are
variety of tutorials
to get you started. In addition the entire
mathematica book is there.