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Computational physics is the study and implementation of numerical algorithms to solve problems in physics for which a quantitative theory already exists.

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Why does the correlation function of this stochastic differential equation starts at different points?

I am working with the following differential equation: The equation is $$x=\beta +\sqrt{2D} \xi(t)$$ where $\xi(t)$ is a white noise term, with a reflecting wall boundary conditions. After solving ...
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Time sampling changes solution

I'm currently trying to solve a problem using numerical methods. The set-up is rather long, so I apologize in advance... TL;DR: My solutions change depending on how big my steps are and I don't know ...
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How to obtain and form a 1st order differential equation for leapfrog integration from second order one in this example of coulomb drag

I am currently doing a computational physics homework which asked us to use leapfrog to give the relations between timevelocities and time-distance of these two objects. The full question is as ...
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How to numerically calculate the transition dipole integral in periodic systems?

Now I have wave functions $\psi_a$ and $\psi_b$ of two states in Gaussian CUBE format. I'd like to evaluate the transition dipole moment integral $\pmb\mu$ between these two states. As my simulation ...
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Stability of PDEs

I am currently trying to solve some PDEs with FiPy. At page 56, the manual mentions (https://www.ctcms.nist.gov/fipy/download/fipy-3.0.pdf). The largest stable timestep that can be taken for this ...
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Pursuing the field of computational physics professionally with a physics PhD [migrated]

Please let me know if I should migrate this question elsewhere if it is inappropriate for this site. This fall, I will begin my PhD program in physics at Johns Hopkins, and I would like to continue ...
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3D Tollmien-Schlichting Waves Imposed in a Channel Flow (Are Physics correct?, etc)

So I am trying to do some further tests on a 2nd-order code Incompressible Navier Stokes equations, by studying transition to turbulence in a Poiseuille flow. Specifically, I'm interested to see ...
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Overrelaxation with w < 0

Are there any circumstances under which using a value $w < 0$ would help us find a solution in over-relaxation faster than we can with the ordinary relaxation method? Over Relaxation Method: $$x'=...
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Grid Data Interpolation

What are the most sophisticated methods for interpolating a scalar field say Electric or Magnetic Field on a 3-D grid? I have scalar data on a meshgrid with equal spacing. I would like to use an ...
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Finite volume discretization of non-conservative linear hyperbolic equation

Problem. Consider the one-dimensional adjoint Euler equations for $(x,t) \in \Omega \times [0,T]$ with $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}$ and $T > 0$ $$ \varphi_t + \Big(\frac{\mathrm{d}F}{\mathrm{d} U}(x)...
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Do there exist “frameworks” as to how computational scientific experiments claim validity? Scientific method for computed science?

Do there exist "frameworks" as to how computational scientific experiments claim validity? Like "scientific method for computed science"?
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How to solve potential flow with FEM, stream function, and the Kutta condition?

I'm trying to solve two-dimensional potential flow over airfoils with the finite element method, using the stream function formulation ($\Delta\psi = 0$, $u = -\partial\psi/\partial y$, $v = \partial\...
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Compute a Boltzman partition function

I'm trying to calculate total energy of a system $$ E(v, h) = -\sum a_iv_i - \sum b_jh_j - \sum_{i,j} v_ih_jw_{ij} $$ Python equivalent looks like this ...
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ISING2D with Mathematica. Searching a correct way to compute the heat capacity (mean values over several iterations)

I'm trying compute the heat capacity $C_v$ out of my simulation for the 2D-Ising model which is given by $C_v = \frac{\langle E^2 \rangle - \langle E \rangle^2}{T^2N^2}$ ($E$: Energy, $T$: ...
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Determining the pseudo-time period of a system of $n$-pendulums via Kane's method in Python

We can use Kane's method to integrate the equations of motion for a system of $n$ pendulums with arbitrary masses and lengths (see derivation). In particular, if $(x_i,y_i)$ denotes the Cartesian ...
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How to simulate water, falling under gravity, and impinging on a curved surface, which is kept/present in a domain, containing air?

TL;DR: How do I simulate a hole, at the bottom of a (full) water tank? I am attempting to simulate water, flowing out of a hole/slit, at the bottom of a tank (Water Domain) (under the influence of ...
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coupled equations with finite difference method

I have these three differential equations in which I need to solve numerically: $$ \frac{dn_0}{dt}= -n_0(t)W_{01}(t) + n_1(t)K_{10} $$ $$ \frac{dn_1}{dt}= -n_1(t)W_{12}(t) - n_1(t)K_{10} + n_2(t)K_{...
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Mass matrix and BDF time integration

I have a system of nonlinear equations on the general form: \begin{align} \mathbf{M}(\bar{y})\dot{\bar{y}} =\bar{f}(\bar{y},t) \end{align} Where $\mathbf{M}(\bar{y})$ is a matrix and $\bar{f}$ is a ...
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Numerically solving a system of parabolic PDEs and 1st order ODEs

I'm trying to solve the following system of differential equations numerically. What are the available finite difference approaches and matlab solvers to solve such a system? Other approaches to solve ...
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How to simulate basic semiconductor models using the Drift-diffusion model on Python?

I'm trying to simulate basic semiconductor models for pedagogical purposes--starting from the Drift-diffusion model. Although I don't want to use an off-the-shelf semiconductor simulator--I'll be ...
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Numerically solving a partial differential equation

I am trying to numerically solve the following PDE, $$\frac{\partial u^A}{\partial t} = c_1\frac{\partial^2 u^A}{\partial^2x} \,,$$ where $c_1$ is a constant. The above can be discretized using the ...
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Computational cost comparison of DNS and SPH

I may be incorrect, but it seems like commercial graphics codes typically use smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) to produce stunning simulations and not continuum based methods. Why is this? Is SPH ...
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Guaranteed equality between binary results with increasing MPI processes

Testing on an MPI scientific code for compressible flow dynamics I noticed that the results may depend on the number of processors used for the calculation. In fact, comparing the binary files they ...
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Putting N hard spheres randomly in given volume

I need to put $N$ spheres with given radius $R$ randomly in a Volume $[-0.5,0.5]^3$, without any overlap of spheres. If I choose values so that all the spheres will occupy ~57% of the total volume, I ...
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Split step Fourier method to solve Schrödinger equation for moving potential

I'm trying to use the excellent Schrodinger Python class by Jake VanderPlas (https://jakevdp.github.io/blog/2012/09/05/quantum-python/) to simulate a wave packet within a moving Gaussian potential. I ...
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Should I expect computational gains using a second-order splitting method here?

I am trying to solve a three-dimensional baroclinic transport problem. The hydrodynamic (three-dimensional shallow water) equations are: \begin{align} \nabla \cdot \vec{v} = 0, \tag{1} \\ \frac{\...
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How to calculate $g_r$ when using the cell method algorithm

I have a self-written MD code in C++. I am simulating atoms using the Langevin dynamics model. I use the linked-cell method to speed up the simulation; as a result, atomic interactions are only ...
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What are the things I should keep in mind before doing an analysis of my gromacs simulation?

I did a liquid argon simulation at 100k. I forgot during analysis that I need to accommodate for the Periodic Boundary Conditions before doing any analysis which included distance. What are other such ...
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Loss of energy when using Roe Solver for solving onedimensional Shallow Water Equations

I have written a Roe solver with Harten entropy fix code in Matlab to numerically solve the one-dimensional Shallow Water Equations. : \begin{eqnarray} \dfrac{\partial h(x,t)}{\partial t} + \dfrac{\...
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Solving Schrodinger equation numerically

Here is the Schrodinger equation that is to be solved: A 1D hard wall potential in $[0, 1]$. The potential within the potential well is given by a linear combination of Gaussian dips $$v(x) = - \...
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Poincare map for Arnold-Beltrami-Childress Magnetic Field in Python

I want to plot the Poincare map for Arnold-Beltrami-Childress magnetic field for parameters $A=1, B=0.816, C=0.5773$ in Python for the Poincare section $z=0$. Also, I am not able to understand what ...
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Artificial neural networks for Temperature prediction

Imagine I want to consider the temperature for a process given several input varibales. The temperature can be anywhere between 400 and 500 K. Consider I have experimental data to train the network ...
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Symplectic Algorithms for Hamilton’s Equations as opposed to just Volume-Preserving

this might be a silly question, but if we’re trying to numerically solve Hamilton’s equations with some discrete scheme, sometimes when the scheme preserves phase space volume (Hamilton’s eqns are ...
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Which solvers for BVP in python are the best? Is there something better that scipy.integrate.solve_bvp?

I am trying to solve a boundary value problem with Python. I have been using scipy.integrate.solve_bvp but the result that it is giving me is completely wrong. Basically my code is as follows: ...
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How to numerically transform a 2D Fourier spectrum with arbitrary frequency shift to center frequency?

Suppose $F(u,v)$ is the center frequency Fourier representation of some $f(x,y)$ in 2D. $$ f(x,y)=\int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty}F(u,v)e^{2\pi i (xu+yv)}dudv $$ In ...
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How is rigid bodies implemented in finite element codes

I am writing a finite element code for structural analysis, and I want to implement rigid bodies. How is this usually done? Say that I have a square mesh, with one half of the mesh being defined rigid ...
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Simple model of Saturn's rings

I’m trying to figure out how to model the rings of Saturn using a particle system for a gravity simulator that I’m making. Using the code below, I’ve managed to create a, if not perfect, decent ring ...
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Boole's Rule in python

This is my first post in this forum so please forgive me if it is not the way it should be. My problem is about implementing "Boole's rule" into python. I have succesfully implementet trapezoidal and ...
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Eigenvalue problems with extremely small gaps

I'm interested in numerically diagonalizing a class of structured, symmetric eigenvalue problems with potentially extremely small eigenvalue gaps. The question I have is how to design a numerically ...
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Two variables integration matlab

I'm trying to solve physical problem in quantum mechanics of helium atoms, the solution require numerical integration over 2 variables. However when i'm trying to run the next code ...
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How can I apply Euler's Method to predict a point in time rotating around multiple axis'

I am xposting this from my original stackoverflow question where I was presented with a coding challenge that I have been able to narrow down extensively and I think it lies with Euler's Method. Here'...
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Finite difference methods for coupled 2nd order nonlinear pdes

I have a system of coupled nonlinear PDEs that I cannot figure out how to solve in a smart way using FDM, so I was hoping someone here might have a clue. The equations go as: \begin{align*} \frac{1}{...
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Algorithm to generate water flow map, given a terrain

I've posted the same question at GameDev Stack Exchange, but unfortunately I am not getting any response. So I am going to post ( and reword) it here. Hopefully I can get an answer! I have a terrain (...
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How does one calculate reaction force in FEA?

I wrote a UEL (User Element in Abaqus) for one element and compared to a reference UEL which used standard FEM, where the results agreed satisfactorily, except the reaction force. The stress, strain, ...
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Numerical Sensitivity in Density of States of Tight-binding model

I'm working with the tight-binding model, and I'm trying to learn the basics of how to compute the Density of States (DOS) $N(E)$ numerically. The DOS is given by $$N(E) = \frac{1}{N}\sum_k \delta(...
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Jacobian Elements for Coupled Drift-Diffusion System using Vertex-Centered Finite Volume

I'm trying to solve the fully coupled drift-diffusion system using Newton's Method. Although I eventually plan to potentially use a Jacobian-Free Newton-Krylov approach, this is still something that I ...
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Performing a random walk on a lattice that traps the particles

I am trying to solve this problem where we have a 1D-lattice of size 100 and the particle can start from any position in the lattice and moves randomly on it(with equal probability of moving to either ...
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Efficiently finding all (x,y,z) points within certain distance of point P

I am using Python, and I have a Pandas dataframe with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of $(x,y,z)$ coordinates. I am looking to find an efficient method to index the original dataframe so that ...
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Physics Simulation in C++

OK, I know a bit of C++ (very basic syntax), and I want to do physics simulation in C++, like stuff like (also the things mentioned here): Ripples and waves over a 2-d surface Vibrating string/...
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Can we simulate rigid body motion using finite element analysis?

I was wondering if we could model rigid body motion of bodies using finite element models. Particularly I'm interested to know if we can model motion of objects with no constraints or with some ...