MM8407 - Simulation Methods in Many-particle Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 30/100
Approved exercises 70/100

Course content

The course covers simulation methods in many-particle systems applied to, amongst others classical fluids and spin systems. The course provides a theoretical basis as well as practical experience with application of molecular-dynamics and Monte-Carlo simulations.

Learning outcome

- Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics algorithms.
- Approaches for modelling the properties and dynamics of the particles in simulations.
- Methods for speeding up simulations.

- Be able to use several tools used in simulation methods in statistical physics.
- Be able to write simple programs for molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations.
- Be able to decide the applicability of different methods of simulating problems within statistical physics.

General Competence:
Be able to communicate and present obtained knowledge.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, problems, programming assignments.

If there are less than 4 registered students, the course coordinator will decide whether the course will take place.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes exercises counting 70 % and an oral exam counting 30 %. The results for the entire portfolio are graded passed or not passed. Passed requires at least 70% score in total for the portfolio, as well as passing each individual Component. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Understanding Molecular Simulation, by Daan Frenkel and Berend Smit. Other material that will be provided.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 8
No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Materials
  • Materials Science and Solid State Physics
  • Physical Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved exercises 70/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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