Questions tagged [computational-physics]

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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Is the Finite Volume Method conservative when the source term depends on the variable?

I trying to do a simulation where there are two quantities, $\Delta\theta(x,t) = \theta(x,t) - \theta_{o}$ and $\Delta\nu(x,t) = \nu(x,t) - \nu_{o}$. These quantities are chemical concentrations ...
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Celestial mechanics simulation software? The 'N-Body Problem'

What software or sites might simulate an N-body gravitational problem? Application is related to Klemperer Rosette or Iridium Satellites. Bias for C, C++, PHP, or Java. Nice visuals a big plus. ...
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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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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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Using RK2 Method to solve the simple harmonic oscillator of a horizontal mass on a spring (1D)

Being new to numerical analysis techniques, in particular RK2, I decided the best way to jump in is by using python to solve the well known mass-spring oscillator using RK2 techniques. My problem is ...
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How to avoid negative roots with a Newton's method?

I'm currently trying to solve a system of (3) nonlinear equations of (3) variables which are the baryonic density, the isospin asymmetry and and the density of a fluid with the Broyden's method (a ...
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How to model pedestrian flow through subway systems?

I'm a New Yorker and take the subways every day. I have a growing interest in understanding the distribution of paths people take on the subways to work every day. I.e. if there are $n$ subway ...
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Numerical error in implementation of iterative algorithm

I am trying to implement (in Python for now) low thrust orbit propagation for spacecraft using universal variables. For a given central body with the gravitational parameter $\mu$ and an orbit with ...
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Solving a 3D (almost radial) convolution with FFT

I have a 3D integral that is almost a radial convolution of the form $$ \int d^{3}k'h(\mathbf{k'})g(|\mathbf{k-k'}|) $$ and I am looking for a fast and efficient algorithm (e.g. FFT) to solve it ...
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Solving Schrodinger's Equation Numerically in a Bunimovich Stadium

I need to solve, as mentioned, Schrodinger's equation in a Bunimovich stadium-shaped infinite potential well with Dirichlet BC Numerically (this isn't possible analytically). In order to do so, I need ...
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Implementation of no-slip boundary conditions in lattice Boltzmann method fluid simulation

My faculty advisor recommended that I take a look at the lattice Boltzmann method as an introduction to scientific computing and potentially an undergraduate honors thesis topic. I cooked up a some ...
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Method for calculating the stopping distance using only integers

I am trying to find how much an engine would turn until it stops accelerating with an acceleration of $a = A \sin^2(x)$. Acceleration Integrating the acceleration I get velocity $v = A(x/2 - \sin(...
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Precession of Mercury Python simulation

I was trying to simulate the precession of Mercury based on the perturbed solution: $$\frac{1}{r}=\frac{m}{B^{2}}(1+e\cos\phi+3\frac{m^{2}}{B^{2}}(1+e\phi \sin\phi +e^{2}(\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{6}\cos2\...
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Modeling simple laser induced population transfer via adiabatic passage in python

I'm trying to model adiabatic passage between two levels in a three-level atom interacting with two laser fields using Scipy and Numpy.. I'm not sure if my model is wrong due to my incorrectly ...
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Arbitrary Choosing of the Solution Domain - Navier Stokes and Manufactured Solutions

I want to verify a finite-volume solver (SIMPLE-Algorithm) for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations by using a manufactured solution. I use Dirichlet boundary conditions for the velocity at all ...
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Adjusting Keplerian orbits for thrust with numerical stability

I'm writing a mod for a game that models orbital physics (Kerbal Space Program, or KSP). I'm attempting to model the effects of thrust on spacecraft in certain states where the game only models them ...
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Why does my Finite Difference approximation not work?

I am trying to find out the magnitude of the acceleration of my object based on non-uniformly sampled 3D position data. I'm using the standard approximation of the 2nd order derivative on a non-...
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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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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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Can Runga-Kutta method be used to solve non-linear differential equations?

Consider two-body central force problem in polar co-ordinates $r,θ$. Corresponding 2nd order differential equation is obtained by using conservation of angular momentum. This equation is : $ d^2r/dt^...
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Solving a small non-symmetric, non-diagonally dominant, and non-sparse system

I want to solve a small (20 $\times$ 20 up to 30$\times$30) system which is not symmetric, not diagonally dominant, and not sparse. Each row contains a modified form of the Legendre coefficient of a ...
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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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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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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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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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How to compute forces in multi-particle MD

Suppose we have a system of $N$ particles that interact via the Lennard-Jones potential $$V(r)=V_0\left[\left(\frac{r_0}{r}\right)^{12}-2\ \left(\frac{r_0}{r}\right)^{6}\right].$$ No other forces ...
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Trotter expansions in ode solver?

Trotter expansions say: $$ e^{A+B} = \lim_{P\to\infty} \big(e^{A/2P} e^{B/P} e^{A/2P} \big)^P. $$ With $P = 2$, it becomes (with high accuracy) $$ e^{A/4} e^{B/2} e^{A/2} e^{B/2} e^{A/4}. $$ Let's ...
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How to implement Newton method in solving 1D PDE system? (ie. Poisson eq, continuity eq, drift-diffusion eq.)

I want to solve PDE system, which consists of Poisson equation, continuity equations for electron and hole with drift-diffusion equation numerically, by using method called Newton's method. This ...
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Is there an advantage of using a staggered grid over a regular one when combined with high order methods?

The title says is all. This question is in the contest of an incompressible Navier-Stokes solver. Specifically, I am currently working on a new solver while referring myself to an older code for ...
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Implementing velocity verlet for harmonic oscillator in C gives error wrt conservation of energy

I'm attempting to implement velocity Verlet with a harmonic oscillator in C, but I have some errors: Energy is not being conserved Energy oscillates much more than I would expect I believe the error ...
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Modifying finite difference solution to Schrodinger eqn to account for fermion/boson effects

I have been playing with an implementation of Visscher's explicit method for solving the time dependent Schrodinger equation (Are there simple ways to numerically solve the time-dependent Schö...
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Coupled PDE: a confusion in boundary condition setup

I have a coupled PDE problem(Poisson-Schrondinger system), i.e. first I need to solve an eigenvalue problem (Schrodinger problem discretized by Galerkin method) $$Ax=\lambda x, ~~~A=A(u)$$ the ...
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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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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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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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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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Oil/Water interface simulation using GROMACS

I would like to perform a decane/water(tip4p) interface simulation using GROMACS to analyse the fluctuation of the interface over a long period of time (50ps - 1ns). Though I have a rough idea on ...
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Higher-order Verlet integration

I'm using a simple version of Verlet integration for a particle–particle interaction system with collisions. At the end of each iteration, I integrate like this: ...
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Numerical Free Fall Analysis with RK4

I am trying to calculate real speed and time in free fall of a body. I wrote a code in Fortran and I am trying to improve it by using RK4 method x=time y=total free fall Purple line using: ...
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Should energy be conserved in an N-body simulation where particles don't lose energy in collisions?

In an N-body simulation where forces between particles are attractive and particles do not lose energy on colliding with walls or each other, should energy be conserved? How could it be, with total ...
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nodal lines of wave-function $\psi(x,y) = \sin 12x \sin y + (1 + \epsilon) \sin x \sin 12y$

I am trying to reproduce this figure of nodal lines of a wavefunction from this work of Berry $$\psi = \sin 2r\,x \sin y + (1 + \epsilon) \sin x \sin 2r\,y$$ Here the image. The first is $\epsilon = ...
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What is a good algorithm, and framework, to calculate centres of gravity or mass (cog)?

I'd like to take an photograph, subdivide it into a tesselation, either of squares, or (ideally), hexagons, and then find the centre of gravity (or, if you prefer, centre of mass) of each cell of the ...
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Boundary treatment with higher order methods

I wrote a code which solves the 2D Poisson equation with homogeneous Dirichlet BC everywhere and a source term of -1. I am using the classical Jacobi iteration method. The grid is $N_x \, \mathrm{x} \,...
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Definition of inflow boundary in CFD

If $w$ is the vector of conservative variables, $f=f(w)$ the flux function, I think have read somewhere (I can not find it anymore) that the inflow boundary $\Sigma$_ is characterized by: $\Sigma_{-}...
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Anisotropic invariant expansion

I am trying to calculate the second and third invariants for a turbulent flow. I have the second order statistics (both transient and averaged). i.e $uu$, $vv$, $ww$, $uv$, $vw$ and $uw$. These are ...
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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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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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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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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{\...