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An Introduction to Computational Physics by Tao Pang

By Tao Pang

Completely up to date and revised for its moment variation, this complex textbook presents an creation to the fundamental tools of computational physics, and an summary of contemporary development in different components of medical computing. Tao Pang provides many step by step examples, together with application listings in JavaTM, of useful numerical equipment from sleek physics and similar parts. Now together with many extra routines, the quantity can be utilized as a textbook for both undergraduate or first-year graduate classes on computational physics or medical computation. it is going to even be an invaluable reference for a person eager about computational study.

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Percolation in two dimensions Let us use two-dimensional percolation as an example to illustrate how a randomnumber generator is utilized in computer simulations.

Because of the simplicity of the coefficient matrix, the solution of the equation set becomes quite straightforward. Here we will limit ourselves to the problem with the coefficients given in a tridiagonal matrix and leave the solution of a general linear equation set to Chapter 5. 54) with L i j = 0 for i < j and Ui j = 0 for i > j. We can choose either Uii = 1 or L ii = 1. This scheme is called the LU decomposition. The choice of Uii = 1 is called the Crout factorization and the alternative choice of L ii = 1 is called the Doolittle factorization.

More scientisits, especially those emerging from colleges or graduate schools, are expected to use Java as their first, primary programming language. So the choice of using Java as the instructional languge here has been made with much thought. Readers who are familiar with any other high-level programming language should have no difficulty in understanding the logical structures and contents of the example programs in the book. The reason is very simple. The logic in all high-level languages is similar to the logic of our own languages.

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