cod. 23461

Academic year 2010/11
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Informatica (INF/01)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The student will be introduced to the elements of numerical analysis in a proctical way, bases on the language MATLAB. Some elementary problems in classical mechanics are used as case studies - pendulum with variable lenght, oscillations of atoms in a simple molecule, the dynamics of the Solar System. MonteCarlo estimate of integrals in spaces of high dimension is also treated by using C and GSL.


Calculus, elements of programming

Course unit content

Application of Numerical Analysis to the solution of elementary problems in Classical Physics (Mechanics)

Full programme

Classical Mechanics, the laws of motion, techniques for the solution of ordinaty differential equations: Euler, Leapfrog, Runge-Kutta. Application to the simple pendulum, with or without friction, with variable length, the problem of three bodies and the eccentricity of the Moon;s orbit, the dynamics of the Solar System ; small oscillations for molecules (Ammonia, Methane)


The teacher distributes his lecture notes

Teaching methods

Practical experiments on the computer in the Lab and at home

Assessment methods and criteria

Final report on the results obtained on a specific project

Other information

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