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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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What is an instance (precisely) in computational complexity?

I am trying to understand the notion of reduction of a problem to another problem. As it is known this has huge impact on classifying the complexity of a problem. The definition of reduction involves ...
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Fourier spectral method for coordinate transformed heat equation

As the title said, I want to solve a coordinate transformed heat equation using fourier spectral method. In particular, I am interested in transforming an uniform grid into an adaptive non-uniform ...
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Numerical integration methods: Explicit vs Semi-Implicit vs Newton-Euler 1, 2 and use in cyclone physics engine

I am trying to understand the difference between explicit Euler and semi-implicit Euler integration, where in explicit Euler the current position is calculated as $$x_{n+1} = x_n + v_n$$ and semi-...
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What is the relationship between shape functions, interpolation functions, and degrees of freedom?

I am a newbie in FEM. I would like to get clarity regarding a few questions on shape functions in this post (please use as simple language as possible). What is the relation between Shape function ...
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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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Calculation of Mean Square Displacement for Brownian dynamics system with Lennard Jones interactions in python3

I have a problem getting a sensible result for the Mean Square Displacement (MSD) for a simulation of $N$ particles under Brownian dynamics with Lennard-Jones interaction between them with or without ...
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How to simulate over 1 billion particles?

I want to simulate human erythrocytes in capillaries. I calculated, that for a 1 meter long and 1 mm in diameter capillary there are about 3 billion blood cells. Erythrocytes are actually discs, but ...
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Is it possble to do this complex symbolic calculation with Matlab?

Sorry it's bit abrupt, but recently I am caught up in some symbolic calcualtion which is tedious and almost impossible with mere human hands, so just wondering is it possible to solve the double ...
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Defining Current Density in a FEM model (MATLAB)

I'm attempting to solve the Poisson equation in 3D for a magnetic vector potential in the presence of a current source. To validate my code, I'm initially looking to reproduce the model described in ...
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Radial Hartree and exchange-correlation potentials

According to [1] the one-dimensional Kohn-Sham equation is given by $$ \left( -\frac{1}{2} \frac{d^2}{dr^2} + \frac{l(l+1)}{2r^2} + V[\rho;r]\right) rR_{nl}(r) = \varepsilon_{nl} rR_{nl}(r) $$ where $$...
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Computation of Troullier-Martins pseudowavefunctions

The computation of Troullier-Martins pseudowavefunctions has been described in [1]. The pseudowavefunction $R^{\textrm{PP}}_l$ is defined by $$ R^{\textrm{PP}}_l(r) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} R^{\...
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Numerical Solution to Rayleigh Plesset Equation in Python

I have been trying to numerically solve the Rayleigh-Plesset equation for a sonoluminescence bubble in Python. You can read about this phenomenon here: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0143-...
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Numerical bottlenecks

On a desktop scale computer, what are the most important bottlenecks (RAM vs. CPU, single vs. multithread) for numerical calculations? I'm specifically most interested in exact diagonalization and ...
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How to avoid density getting “deleted” in two way rigid body coupling with LBM CFD?

I've been reading this paper recently, which talks about using Lattice Boltzmann methods and two way coupling. Specifically, it outlines fluid solid coupling, and solid fluid coupling, and how simply ...
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Is a complete bacteria simulation with an exascale supercomputer possible?

Will it be possible to simulate a complete (at least simple) bacteria atom by atom on an exascale supercomputer? or is it possible already today with the largest systems? Here, I've read that ...
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Using MATLAB to simulate the Ising Model

I am using MATLAB to simulate a 1D Ising Chain. I am running into an issue where when trying to find heat capacity, my system has a tremendous amount of noise. I'll post my code and an image of the ...
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Consumer hardware for scientific computing?

I'm interested in problems around probability, statistics, and statistical mechanics, and often I find it useful to perform simulations to get some sense of the underlying phenomena. Example ...
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Numerical integration of the dataset of a function

The energy equation for a spherically symmetric system is given by $$\mathscr{E}=\frac{v^2(r)}{2}+\frac{c_s^2(r)}{\gamma-1}+\phi(r)$$ where $\mathscr{E}$ is the total energy, $v$ is the velocity of ...
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Evaluating an indefinite integral that has no closed form

I need to evaluate the following indefinite integral: $$I=\int\frac{x^5+2ax^3+a^2x-4a}{x^7+ax^5+2ax^4}dx=\int\frac{x^5+2ax^3+a^2x-4a}{x^4(x^3+ax+2a)}dx$$ The solution that I obtained while ...
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Manual for library Libxc

Where can I find the manual for software library Libxc for exchange-correlation functionals? Links with domain www.tddft.org don't work.
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Runge-Kutta fourth order method. Integrating backwards

I am using a Runge-Kutta fourth order method to solve numerically the usual equation of motion of a background scalar field in curved spacetime with a quartic potential: $\phi^{''}=-3\left(1+\frac{H^{...
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For a determined (known) Space charge density, what are the conditions to obtain the Electric potential/field distribution? (COMSOL, MATLAB)

Theoretic part From the theory, in Electrostatics inside a real dielectric material between real conductors, in a simple 1D plane geometry between points $P1$ and $P2$, according to the current ...
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Should the derivative of an array be calculated array by array or element by element in CFD codes?

I am making my own finite difference computational magnetohydrodynamic code in Fortran 90. Looking at other codes they appear to calculate for example their $x$-derivatives, bb of their variables, e.g....
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Difficult bug in my 2D Compressible Euler solver

For the past few days, I have been writing a numerical solver for the 2D compressible Euler equations for an ideal gas. My numerical method has been the Local Lax Friedrichs or "Rusanov's method." ...
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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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Heisenberg Model python : Specific heat capacity for spin 2

I have the correct plot for specific heat capacity when I am using the formula which is $C_V$ = differentiation of entropy with respect to temperature. However, When I try to calculate $C_V$, by using ...
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What is the best methodology for physics simulators of large floating base rigid body systems?

I want to implement a physics simulator for large floating base rigid body systems from scratch. The Rigid Body Dynamics Systems (RBD) should typically have the following characteristics: About ~50 ...
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Problem concerning a part of a simulation for the Ising Model

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a simulation in Python (there is a small part of the code where I have a question) about the Ising model. First, I wanted to get the magnetization $M$ ...
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Simulate friction arround steady-state point

When simulating a friction dynamic system, I have come to a problem when approaching steady-state. In the example below, a box moves along a surface with a certain friction coefficient: ...
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Computer build for scientific or big data computing [closed]

I'm wanting to build a computer for scientific or big data computing (Python, Fortran, Matlab) and I was hoping to get some advice on the type of processor, memory, graphics, etc I would need. I ...
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Langevin equation in 4th order Runge-Kutta

I'm trying to figure out how to translate a piece of code from Velocity Verlet to Runge-Kutta, while treating the time step dependence of the thermal noise correctly. The Langevin equation for my ...
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How to implement the Impulse Based Dynamics for the rigid body dynamics simulation?

I am having hard time learning the method of impulse based dynamics developed by Mirtich for rigid body dynamics simulation. Please help me out if any body has any example code(algorithm) of it. ...
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A preconditioner for self-consistent iteration

I tried to derive a preconditioner for self-consistent iteration similar to section IX in arXiv:0804.2583. For simplicity, consider here only one orbital (one or two electrons) systems. Suppose that ...
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Solved : Damped spring-mass system, wrong position, correct speed and acceleration

I am modulating a spring-mass system with gravitation and aero drag, with python programming. The spring is hanging vertically and attached a weight. The user then selects a length to drag it down ...
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Doubt about Python code for calculation of Energy Conditions in General Relativity

In General Relativity, one possible way to decide if a space-time [i.e. a Lorentzian Manifold $(\mathcal{M}, \textbf{g})$ where $\textbf{g}$ is an arbitrary metric tensor.] is a "resonable physical" $[...
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ground state from the Schroedinger equation with a central potential what happens to the origin

I have code that attempts to implement a solution to the Schrödinger equation where there is a central potential (more or less im thinking of hydrogen), in 1-D using the numerov method to construct ...
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Compute cell values and isosurface constant from density values of particles

I am trying to reconstruct the surface for a fluid simulation based on a list of particles using the Marching Cubes algorithm. From different resources, such as http://paulbourke.net/geometry/...
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How to do Weierstrass-transform in MATLAB?

I have a diagonalization problem. I have the eigenstates correctly, and I want to do a Gaussian-smearing (Weierstrass-transform) on them. So I have the wave functions ($\Psi$), and the continuous ...
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Simulating magnetic particles in a field free point generated by two opposing magnets

This is probably a long shot with such a short time, but I've been trying to get theoretical data for a project I'm working on. The project involves using a very simplified version of magnetic ...
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How do I generate Maxwell-Boltzmann variates using a uniform distribution random number generator?

I am doing a molecular dynamics simulation. I need to assign initial velocities to the atoms. I want to assign the initial velocities which follow the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. How do I ...
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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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Proper boundary conditions for potential flow around cylinder

I am computing the stationary, incompressible, inviscid and irrotational flow around a circular cylinder using a discretization in general coordinates. I derived a PDE and proper boundary conditions ...
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Double mach reflection at a inclined wedge

I am running into a strange problem when solving the 2D compressible Euler equations on a inclined wedge. To elaborate, my top boundary condition seems to emitting some type of instability. I have ...
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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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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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Solving the 1D Particle-in-a-Box using C++

I've just finished learning the physics behind the problem and would like to write a program in C++ than can solve the problem. I'm actually stuck at the start. I've quite a bit of research, the ...
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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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