TFY4235 - Computational Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 days

Course content

Linear algebra, finite difference methods, stochastic methods, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, optimization, linear programming, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, Fourier methods, wavelet analysis, Monte Carlo methods, molecular dynamics, quantum mechanics, cellular automata.

Learning outcome


The student will learn a selection of computational methods and how these can be used to solve problems within different fields of physics.

Skills and general competence:

The student will be able to formulate a strategy to solve a given problem using one or more computational methods, make it concrete through programming and running the program and then critically analyze the obtained result, communicate the result in writing in a format close to the standard used in international physics journals.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. The course will be given in English if students on the international master program in physics are attending the course. Expected workload in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

There will be three compulsory assignments given during this course. One (randomly chosen) assignment will be part of the final exam and students are expected to hand in the solution to it as part of the exam. The final exam is a multiday take-home exam (100%).

Course materials

Lecture notes in English; Press, Flanery, Teukolsky and Vetterling: Numerical Recipes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4058 7.5
FY8904 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
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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