FYTN03: Computational Physics, 7.5 credits 

Welcome to the homepage of the "Computational Physics" course. The course aims to impart practical and theoretical knowledge about common methods for numerical computations in physics, including the Java programming, numerical integration, random numbers and Monte Carlo methods.


  • Error Estimation
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Numerical Integration
  • Fast Fourier Transforms
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Monte Carlo Methods​
Term: ​Autumn           Period: ​1
Level: ​A
Language: English
Course responsible:Tobias ​Ambjörnsson​
Registration/Requirements: LUBAS

Form of teaching
Teaching consists of computer exercises, lectures and exercises.
Participation in computer exercises is compulsory.​​
Lectures: ​​​32 hours
Computer Sessions: 18 hours
Excercise sessions: 8 hours


The course consists of three modules, A, B and C, each corresponding to a different project. The projects are done in groups of two, with the reports written individually​.​

Written exam at the end of course

Grading scale: U-G-VG


Lecture notes will be handed out at the lectures, and are also available in online in pdf-format (see course web-page under "Links")

The main book complementing the lecture notes is: Basic Concepts in Computational Physics, 2nd ed. by B.A. Stickler and E. Schachinger (Springer). This book is available as e-book through Lund university libraries.

Alternative course book: Computational Physics, 2nd ed. by N.J. Giordano and H. Nakanishi, (Pearson Education).

Further reading: The Numerical Recipes book is a useful book for a more detailed discussion of the numerical methods: Numerical Recipes : The Art of Scientific Computing, 3rd ed. by W.H. Press, S.A. Teukolsky, W.T. Vetterling and B.P. Flannery, (Cambridge University Press).

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