Physics 2G03: Scientific Computing

A hands-on introduction to modern scientific structured programming using standard C/C++ under Linux. Assumes no prior programming experience. Students develop a programming project on a research topic of their choosing (e.g. living populations, disease simulation, dynamics, economics). The course covers programming fundamentals, floating point and number representation and introduces algorithms and numerical methods. Class discussions include topics such as scripting, web content, objects/classes, graphics and parallel programming, according to student interest. Students are required to have a laptop for in-class work. [3 units]