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Department of Physics

# PHYS2571 Computational Physics and Electronics (2010/11)

Details of the module's prerequisites, learning outcomes, assessment and contact hours are given in the official module description in the Faculty Handbook - follow the link above.  A detailed description of the module's content, together with book lists, is given below.  For an explanation of the library's categorisation system see http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/library/.

## Content and Teaching Methods

### Electronics Lectures

Dr A. Kirby

6 lectures in Michaelmas Term

Syllabus: Part A: Analogue Electronics. Components: introduction to electrical circuit theory transients, networks, AC theory, passive filters, diodes, transistors. Systems: noise, measurements, amplifiers. Part B: Digital Electronics: components.

Textbooks:

### Electronics Labs

Dr A. Kirby

9 three-hour sessions in Michaelmas Term

Syllabus: Practical classes mirroring the lecture content.

Textbooks:

### Computational Physics

Dr C. Saunter

9 lectures and 9 workshops in Epiphany Term

Syllabus: Functions: Evaluation of functions and precision, interpolation, finding the zeros of a function in one dimension, minimization and maximization of functions.  Random numbers: Selecting according to a distribution, hit-or-miss method.  Integration: Simpson's rule, Gaussian quadrature (onedimensional) and Monte Carlo methods.  Linear Algebra: Matrix, operations methods for diagonalising symmetric matrices.  Ordinary Differential Equations: Taylor expansion and Runge–Kutta method (with adaptive step size) for vectors.  In the lectures we will review the maths build the algorithms, and apply them to simple physical problems.

Textbooks:

Exercises:  The weekly assignment will be to code the algorithm in Python, to be submitted and checked electronically.  These will form the basis for discussion in the workshops.

### Long Experiment

Dr G.H. Cross and others

8 three-hour sessions in Epiphany Term

Syllabus: A long experiment in the physics laboratory, chosen from a list of titles.  Students usually work in pairs but in some cases, individually.

### Laboratory Information

Lab Locations:
Computer Classroom: 140
Electronics: 226

Long experiments: 228/226/220/218/205
Lab technicians: 224
Drop point for assignments: 224

Lab opening times:
Michaelmas Term: week 2 onwards
Epiphany Term: all term
Laboratories: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 14:15-17:15

Computer classroom: 09:00-18:00 except during other classes
Safety first! We want you to enjoy the lab classes in an environment that is safe for you and others. Please be attentive in the safety briefings at the start of each term. Please feel free to ask for safety advice from staff, demonstrators and lab technicians at any time.

Lab staff: Each lab activity is supported by a member of staff, by postgraduate demonstrators and by the lab technicians, Ian Manfren and Reece Stockport.
Requirements: Compulsory briefings take place in weeks 1 and 9 in the Michaelmas Term.  Attendance at the lab sessions is compulsory - you must sign in for each session.  All students are required to keep a lab notebook.  Assessment and deadlines will be published in the departmental list.