Graduate Texts in Physics

Computational Physics

Simulation of Classical and Quantum Systems

Authors: Scherer, Philipp O.J.

  • Features numerous computer examples; no programming skills necessary
  • Includes separate parts on numerical methods and simulations
  • Gives detailed explanations without mathematical proofs
  • Covers many basic areas in physics
  • Discusses standard numerical methods and more recent developments
  • Contains exercises and solutions to all topics
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About this Textbook

This textbook presents basic and advanced computational physics in a very didactic style. It contains very-well-presented and simple mathematical descriptions of many of the most important algorithms used in computational physics. 

The first part of the book discusses the basic numerical methods. The second part concentrates on simulation of classical and quantum systems. Several classes of integration methods are discussed including not only the standard Euler and Runge Kutta method but also multi-step methods and the class of Verlet methods, which is introduced by studying the motion in Liouville space. A general chapter on the numerical treatment of differential equations provides methods of finite differences, finite volumes, finite elements and boundary elements together with spectral methods and weighted residual based methods. 

The book gives simple but non trivial examples from a broad range of physical topics trying to give the reader insight into not only the numerical treatment but also simulated problems. Different methods are compared with regard to their stability and efficiency. The exercises in the book are realised as computer experiments. 

About the authors

Prof. Scherer received his PhD in experimental and theoretical physics in 1984. He joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan, as a visiting scientist in 2001 and 2003. His area of research includes biomolecular physics and the computer simulation of molecular systems with classical and quantum methods. He has published books on theoretical molecular physics and computational physics.

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“The well-written monograph about computational physics is based on two-semester lecture courses given by the author on a period of several years for undergraduate physics and biophysics students … . convenient for students and practitioners of computer science, chemistry, and mathematics who are interested in applications of numerical methods in physics and engineering sciences. … well-organized book with a concentration to the important ideas of the methods and physical applications including software, examples, illustrations, and references to further reading.” (Georg Hebermehl, zbMATH, Vol. 1303, 2015)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computational Physics
Book Subtitle
Simulation of Classical and Quantum Systems
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Physics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00401-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00401-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00400-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03268-9
Series ISSN
1868-4513
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVIII, 454
Additional Information
2nd edition. First Edition was published under the same title in 2010.
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