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Course module: 3MA010
Computational and mathematical physics
Course info
Course module3MA010
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeGraduate School
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven; Applied Physics; Transport in Permeabele Media;
Is part of
Applied Physics
Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion
Contact persondr. A. Lyulin
Co-lecturer H.P. Huinink
Other course modules lecturer
Responsible lecturer
dr. A. Lyulin
Feedback and reachability
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Subject matter expert
dr. A. Lyulin
Other course modules lecturer
prof.dr. F. Toschi
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2016
1  (05/09/2016 to 13/11/2016)
Starting block
TimeslotE: E - Mo 9-10, Tu 5-8, Th 1-4
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/06/2016 up to and including 28/08/2016
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Registration open for students from other department(s)Yes
Waiting listNo
Number of insufficient tests-
Number of groups of preference0
Learning objectives
  • Gaining insight into the concepts and methods of classical analytical and numerical modeling techniques
  • Training and enhancing the modeling abilities
  • Application of advanced mathematical and numerical methods to physical systems
  • Application of models with relevance for a broad range of physical problems
  • Mastering classical methodologies for solving the analytical and numerical models.
The course illustrates the steps towards the definition of analytical and numerical models for physical phenomena. The lectures will give an overview on selected simulation methods which are popular to solve problems in theoretical physics. These include:

  • Partial differential equations and classical analytical modelling techniques;
  • Random processes and random walk;
  • Stochastic differential equations;
  • Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations;
  • Brownian-dynamics simulation method;
  • Monte Carlo technique, Metropolis algorithm.

While the lectures provide the theoretical background and underlying physical principles, in the tutorial/exercise sessions practical applications focusing on specific physical problems will allow to obtain an in depth understanding on how simulation methods can be used to solve physical problems.
Entrance requirements
Entrance requirements tests
Assumed previous knowledge
Previous knowledge can be gained by
Resources for self study
Short promotional description of the course
Het vak illustreert de stappen van het definiƫren en oplossen van analytische en numerieke mathematische modellen voor fysische fenomenen. De colleges geven een overzicht van geselecteerde analytische, numerieke en simulatie technieken die veelvuldig gebruikt worden op problemen in de fysica op te lossen. Studenten passen deze verschillende technieken toe op geselecteerde computational methoden.
Short promotional description of the course
The course illustrates the steps for the definition and the solution of analytical and numerical mathematical models for physical phenomena. The lectures give an overview on selected analytical, numerical and simulation techniques that are commonly used to solve problems in physics. Students will apply the different techniques to selected computational projects.
Bachelor College or Graduate School
Graduate School
General course information
Het vak bestaat uit colleges, tutorials, oefensessies en praktische projecten.
General course information
The course consists of lectures, tutorials, exercise sessions, as well as practical projects.
Follow-up subjects
3MN200 Computational Materials Science--3MT120 Advanced Computational Fluid and Plasma Dynamics
Follow-up subjects
3MN200 Computational Materials Science--3MT120 Advanced Computational Fluid and Plasma Dynamics
Secretariaat TPS, Telf: 4288, Kamer: TNO 3.005, Email:
Secr. TPS, Phone: 4288, Room: TNO 3.005, Email:
Required materials
Recommended materials
“Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences”, K.F. Riley and M.P. Hobson. Cambridge University Press 2011. ISBN 9780521761147
“Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics”, D. Chandler
Reader - will be provided by the lecturer
Monte Carlo software - will be provided by the lecturer
LabWindows (National Instruments)
Matlab 2013 / 2014 a en 2014b (Mathworks)
“Computer Simulation of Liquids”, M.P. Allen and D. Tildesley
Instructional modes (attendance)
College / course


Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5
Test type-
Number of opportunities3
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 1, Block 1
Test duration in minutes-



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