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Physics 2820: Computational Mechanics

This course will be offered annually in Fall Term.   

This course covers Newtonian dynamics and celestial mechanics, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solutions to mechanics problems, data and spectral analysis, Fourier series and normal modes, oscillations and vibrations, linear and non-linear oscillators, nonlinear dynamics and chaos.  
  • Numerical analysis using MS Excel and Mathematica, and an introduction to modeling in physics.

Prerequisites: Physics 1051 (or 1054), and Mathematics 2000 which may be taken concurrently.


Dr. Pierre-Michel Rouleau, Associate Professor
Office: FC 2023
Phone: 637-6294
E-Mail: prouleau at grenfell dot mun dot ca


Engineering with Excel (4th Edition), Ronald W. Larsen
Schaum's Outline of Mathematica (2nd Edition), Eugene Don


Topics to be Covered:

  • Newtonian dynamics Inertial Frames
  • Graphical Solutions, roots findings
  • Linearisation of functionals &  the Principle of Least Squares
  • Propagation of errors calculus of differentials
  • Data analysis & Statistics
  • Mathematical physics of harmonic oscillators (SHM, DHM & FHM)
  • Fourier analysis methods & spectra
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Numerical differentiation
  • Numerical integration
  • Complex mathematics: phasors
  • Matrices
  • Systems of equations: solution techniques
  • Chaos dynamics

Marking Scheme:

Assignments  (~ weekly) 20 %
Term exam I 20 %   Wednesday, 9 October

Term exam II

20%    Monday, 18 November
Final exam 40 %    



Last update: 11 September, 2013

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