Course Details

PHYS 234: Computer Simulations in Complex Physical Systems

The development of techniques to study complex physical systems from a probabilistic and numerical standpoint using Mathematica. Subject material is applicable to all the sciences and mathematics. Some topics considered are random walks, percolation clusters, avalanches, traffic flow, the spread of forest fires and diseases, and a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics. No Mathematica skills are assumed. Prerequisite: Physics 131, 143, or 144, or instructor permission
6 credits; LS, QRE; Offered Spring 2022; B. Costanzi