Phys690: (Spring 2007)


There is a brief description of the content for each lecture, together with links to handouts (HW, etc). The references (in red) point to parts in the text and reference books that may be helpful in complementing your lecture notes. The names of the main references are:GTC: Text, H. Gould, J. Tobochnik, and W. Christian Gi: N.J.Giordano KW: M.H. Kalos and P.A. Whitlock NR: Numerical Recipes
M  1/29 
 GTC, Sec. 11.2, 11.3; KW, p16; Gi, P157169. 

W  1/31 
 GTC, Sec. 11.2, 11.3; KW, p16; Gi, P157169.  GTC, Sec. 7.9; KW, Appendix; Gi, P157169.  GTC, Sec. 11.4, Prob 12.9; KW, p2528. 
M  2/5 
 GTC, Sec. 11.4, Prob 12.9; Gi, Sec. 7.3.  KW, p215.  GTC, Sec.'s 7.28; Gi, Sec. 7.4. Homework Assignment 1 out. 
W  2/7 
 GTC, Sec. 11.5; KW, p3950; Gi, P160162.  GTC, Sec. 11.5; KW, p3950.  GTC, Sec. 11.5; KW, p3950, p8687. 
M  2/12 
 GTC, Sec. 11.6; KW, Chap. 6.  GTC Sec. 11.2; KW, p8992.  KW, Chap. 6. 
W  2/14 
 GTC Sec.'s 11.2, 11.6; KW, p8992.  GTC Sec.'s 11.2, 11.6; KW, p8992. 
M  2/19 
 lecture notes Homework Assignment 2 out. 
W  2/21 
 GTC Sec. 11.7 
M  2/26 
 GTC, Chap. 15; K&W, p7386, p117126.  lecture notes 
W  2/28 
 Gi, Sec's 8.3, 8.4, 8.5; GTC, Chap. 15; K&W, p7386, p117126.  Here's a nice Java program on Ising model: http://bartok.ucsc.edu/peter/ising/ising.html Homework Assignment 3 out. 
M  3/5  No class this week  APS March meeting 
W  3/7  
M  3/12  Have a great Spring break! 
W  3/14  
M  3/19 
 The Java program on Ising model that we looked at today in class is at: http://bartok.ucsc.edu/peter/ising/ising.html Homework Assignment 4 out. 
W  3/21 
 GTC, Chap. 15; Gi, Sec's 8.3, 8.4, 8.5; K&W, p7386, p117126. 
M  3/26 
 Lecture notes.  More reading meterials available from me. 
W  3/28 
 GTC, Sec. 16.7; K&W, p123125. Gi, Sec 10.3.  McMillan's first paper  GTC, Sec. 16.8, 16.9 (Diffusion QMC); A&T, p282285. In place of the takehome midterm, we will substitute a course project ``proposal'', due on Mon. 4/2. This will constitute 10% of the course grade, with the final project 20%. The proposal must be complete and concise, no longer than one page except for references, and must address: What is it that you plan to do?  describe the problem Why do it?  background (including what has been done) and significance How are you going to do it?  method you plan to use, etc 
M  4/2 
 GTC, Sec. 16.8, 16.9 (Diffusion QMC); A&T, p282285.  Here's a HW problem from quantum mechanics which works out some of the "theory"  GTC, Chap. 12. Homework Assignment 5 out. 
W  4/4 
 GTC, Sec. 12.5.  Reference materials are available from me.  GTC, Sec's 13.1 and 13.2; Gi, Sec. 7.9. 
M  4/9 
 GTC, Sec. 14.13.  Additional reference materials available.  http://www.bitstorm.org/gameoflife/ 
W  4/11 
 Reading: GTC, Chap's 2 and 3.  Reading: GTC, Chap's 2 and 3; Gi, Sec.'s 2.2 and 2.3. 
M  4/16 
 Reference materials are available from me.
 Reference materials are available from me. 
W  4/18 
 GTC, Sec. 10.15; Gi, Sec. 5.1.  GTC, Sec. 10.6. 
M  4/23 
 GTC, Sec.'s 8.1  8.6; Gi, Sec. 9.1; 
W  4/25 
 GTC, Sec.'s 8.1  8.6; Gi, Sec. 9.1;  Gi, Sec. 9.2; GTC, Chap. 8.  GTC, Sec.'s 8.1  8.6; Gi, Sec. 9.1; 
M  4/30 
 lecture notes  GTC, Sec. 8.9. 
W  5/2 
 Lecture notes available from me. 
Wed  5/9 
 Final project presentation at 2pm  Please hand in a copy of your slides before the presentation.
Info on presentation:  10 min. presentation + 2 min. for questions.  The time limit is STRICT.  Talk should discuss: I. Introduction what have people done related to your work what is it that you did why is it important II. Your work method results III. Summary ==> A short talk like this is very challenging. The single most important element in its success is preparation. (I recommend that you study and follow the "Wilkins rules": http://www.physics.ohiostate.edu/~wilkins/onepage/ under "Oral Presentations") Design your talk with one question in mind: what is the message that you want the audience to take away from the talk? Stick to that message and eliminate anything that does not directly relate to it. Do not include small details. 