PX150-6 Physics Programming Workshop
This module introduces the Python programming language. It is quick to learn and encourages good programming style. Python is an interpreted language, which makes it flexible and easy to share. It allows easy interfacing with modules, which have been compiled from C or Fortran sources. It is widely used throughout physics and there are many downloadable free-to-user codes available. The module also looks at visualisation of data.
To introduce scientific programming with the help of the Python programming language, a language widely used by physicists.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
A brief introduction to python: Simple maths and physics on the computer
Data/File Input/Output and control in Python: Loops, conditions and lists; analyse simple physics
data; Arrays and computer graphics; plotting curves and working with vectors and matrices
Functions: Algorithms and software design; tests, error handling and modules; Random numbers
and computer simulations; Maths on the computer; Differential equations, integration, linear
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Use scientific and graphical libraries
- Respect the principles of good software design
- Present their results graphically
- Write python programs to formulate and solve simple maths and physics problems involving differential equations, linear algebra and integration
Indicative reading list
Python documentation: http://www.python.org/doc/
Scientific Python: http://docs.scipy.org/doc/scipy/reference/
H.P. Langtangen, A Primer on scientific programming with Python, Springer e-books (2012):
Subject specific skills
Programming in Python
IT, problem-solving, self-study
|Lectures||5 sessions of 1 hour (8%)|
|Practical classes||5 sessions of 2 hours (17%)|
|Private study||45 hours (75%)|
Private study description
Work through module notes, write programs in Python, discuss with others taking the module, prepare and submit assessments
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group A1
|Problem sets / Practical tasks||100%|
Weekly problems sets, practical tasks
Feedback on assessment
Surgery discussions and comments on assessed work
This module is Core for:
- Year 1 of UPXA-FG33 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys)
- Year 1 of UPXA-GF13 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc)
- Year 1 of UPXA-FG31 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F304 Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F300 Undergraduate Physics (BSc)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F303 Undergraduate Physics (MPhys)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F3N1 Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies
- Year 1 of UPXA-F3F5 Undergraduate Physics with Astrophysics (BSc)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F3FA Undergraduate Physics with Astrophysics (MPhys)
- Year 1 of UPXA-F3N2 Undergraduate Physics with Business Studies