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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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Discussing the energy spectrum of Langevin Dynamics simulation of many atoms

UPDATED I've coded a multiparticle MD simulation in 3D. It is based on Langevin Dynamics, with random impulse and dissipation. I think the program works correctly now? I have attached the plots of ...
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Computational Physics: Finding the Diffusion Coefficient from the Discretized Diffusion Equation

I'm pretty new to translating simulation to reality so please forgive the perhaps naive approach I'm taking here. If we have a (quasi-2D) experimental video of a certain concentration changing with ...
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Finding the lowest $n$ eigenvalues of a band-diagonal Matrix

I have a real sparse matrix of the form $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} h_{11} & h_{12} & 0 & h_{14} & & & \\ h_{21} & h_{22} & h_{23} & 0 & h_{25} & & ...
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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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How to determine the truncation error with products and quotients

If I have an equation given by $$\displaystyle Y = \frac{a^2}{d^2}\frac{(1-c^2\frac{c}{a})}{(1-b^2)}$$ and I expand $a,b,c,d$ in a Taylor series, where $a$ is truncated at the $A^{th}$ order, $b$ is ...
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Convergence Criteria for Two Fluid Flow Solver

Which one of the following is suitable for judging convergence in Two-Fluid Flow Solver? 1) Absolute Residual (L^2-Norm). 2) Relative Residual. 3) Fraction Change in Velocity, Pressure and Volume ...
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Solving a linear system whose matrix has imbalanced diagonal entries

I am trying to solve following set of equations: A(i,i-2)*u(i-2) + A(i,i-1)*u(i-1) + (A(i,i)+β(i) )*u(i) + A(i,i+1)*u(i+1) + A(i,i+2)*u(i+2)= B(i) + β(i) where i=1:1000000 If values of β varies(...
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How to calculate collision force with no future knowledge

For a personal project, I am attempting to write a fairly realistic collision simulator (for relatively large objects, not quantum stuff). As I was consulting my physics textbook and various online ...
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Trigonometric equation (Lagrange) for the double pendulum [closed]

I want to model a fishing rod and received a suggestion. I therefore try to follow the mathematics (Lagrange) of the double pendulum. I do not understand how to proceed in the step that Wikipedia ...
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Is it possible to simulate fluid dynamics in a time-based and deterministic manner?

The Problem Domain I have a number of network-connected PCs. I want to be able to simulate and replicate the same simple fluid dynamics simulation (E.g. Navier-Stokes), in real-time, between them. ...
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How does Abaqus calculate Hill's function for non-rectangular coordinate systems?

Within the manual, the effective/von Mises stress or Hill's potential for anisotropic bodies is calculated in Abaqus in cartesian rectangular coordinates as $\sigma_{eff}=\sqrt{I_{1}^{2}-3I_{2}} \\ f(...
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Reproducing a paper's result for Topological Insulators

For the past weeks I have been trying to reproduce Agarwala's results but I've been unsuccessful. From this paper I am trying to reproduce the first and last columns of Fig.2, by implementing eq.2; ...
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Solving coupled PDEs with self-consistency condition

I am figuring out how to attack a problem (the Usadel equations of superconductivity) in which I need to solve a set of nonlinear PDEs for the fields $\{G_i (r)\}$ $$ U(G_i(r), \nabla G_i(r), \Delta(r)...
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Integrating a wavelike equation with absorbing boundary conditions

I am trying to numerically solve the following equation: $\frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial t^{2}}-\frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial x^{2}}+V(x) \phi(x, t)=0$ On some domain, with: $\phi(x, 0) = I(x)$ ...
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Trouble Making 3rd-Order Sympletic Integrator for Planitary N-Body Problem (A Hamiltonian System)

I am doing a solar-system simulation. I am using Ruth's 3rd order sympletic integrator to avoid the problem of Energy Drift (which I had with RK4), but the the planets quickly leave orbit, and energy ...
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Problems with simulation of a spatial filter 4f setup (Python)

I have a question about my code which computes numerically the output field of a 4f setup with a pinhole in the middle which works as a spatial filter. My setup consists of two lenses with 50mm focal ...
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More efficient way to calculate magnetic field using Biot-Savart

I am writing a program in python that is supposed to calculate the magnetic field along a conducting coil that is made up of a bunch of points, and the magnetic field is generated by other conducting ...
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Lattice spring models vs. finite element models

I am a beginning graduate student in the field of continuum mechanics. It is my understanding that most problems in this field are numerically solved via finite element methods (FEM). However, I have ...
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Tackling multiscale problem in numerical simulation

In a dusty plasma system there are more than one component with different masses, i.e, electrons, ions,neutrals and dust grains. Accordingly, there are more than one temporal and spatial scales ...
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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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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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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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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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Pseudospectral method for Rayleigh-Benard with constant temperature gradient

$$ \nabla\cdot \mathbf{u} = 0 \\ \frac{\partial \mathbf{u}}{\partial t}+\left(\mathbf{u}\cdot \nabla\right)\mathbf{u} = -\nabla p+\nu\nabla^2\mathbf{u}+\alpha g\theta\mathbf{e}_z\\ \frac{\partial\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Huge accelerations in plasma simulation

I'm trying to make a numerical simulation of pulsar magnetosphere using FDTD on a log-spherical Yee lattice for fields and PIC for plasma particles. Field part is working like charm but issue arises ...
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Band structure of nonlinear Schrodinger equation with one dimensional potential

I have a nonlinear Schrodinger equation which reads: $$ \frac{1}{2} \frac{d^2u}{dx^2}+ |u|^2u + V(x)u = -i \frac{du}{dz},$$ where $V(x)=\cos(wx)+ i a \sin(wx)$ and $w$, $a$ are numbers. How to ...
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Does radioisotope decay affect computer systems?

It is known that there exist a number of radioisotopes of elements commonly used in computer systems. Is the decay of these materials known to affect device performance over time, or is its impact so ...
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Solving complicated coupled ODE using RK4/ODE45 in Matlab

I have the following coupled differential equations also known as Guiding Center Approximation. It is used to explain the position- and velocity change of particles (electrons and protons, N = 1000) ...
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Numerical scheme to solve Maxwell equations with fixed potential boundaries?

We have a 2D electromagnetic field (in the sense that: $E=(E_x,E_y,0)$, $B=(0,0,B_z)$, and all derivatives with respect to $z$ are $0$), and we are considering a system made up of two walls at $x=-b$ ...
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Matrix exponential by eigenvectors - implementation issues

I posted a similar question yesterday but I deleted it since I think that I had to reformulate it after some insights. I want to calculate $$ \exp(-i\Delta t\,\mathcal{H}) = V\,\mathrm{diag}(\{\exp(-...
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Dealing with simultaneous collisions in N-body sim

I have written an 2d N-body simulation in Python which allows collisions between the bodies. A body is modeled as a circle whose area is proportional to its mass. Each time the sim advances by one ...
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One Dimensional Schrodinger's Equation solution using Numerov Method

I have been trying to solve Time Independent Schrodinger's equation in one dimension using Numerov Method as discussed in this excellent lecture notes I found on net. The Numerov method can solve an ...
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Second Quantization in Matlab

This question may be more suited for physics.stackexchange, but I saw this post was recommended for StackOverflow or Computational Science, so I'm asking my question here. I am trying to write a ...
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Finite difference scheme for unconfined aquifer equation

For an unconfined aquifer we have this PDE for the water table position( of course after somehow making the original Boussinesq equation linearized ): $$ \frac{\partial^2(h^2)}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\...
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Double Integrating acceleration data to obtain position: 2 Problems

I have a data sample from an accelerometer from my phone (pretty bad accelerometer though). I'm trying to double integrate it in order to obtain the position as a function of time. I'm using a program ...
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Strange solutions using Finite Element Analysis

I've implemented the Finite Element Method to model the heat transfer between two different materials where one material is surrounded by the other. When I run the model I'm getting some strange ...
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Parallelizing molecular simulation with full configuration energy

First, let just me stress that I'm not a an expert in computation chemistry, so now the problem: We have GCMC molecular simulation, in the Grand Canonical ensemble, using the standard metropolis ...
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triple cross prouct of tensor

Im trying to compute a triple cross product of vectors a,b, and c in real space and integrate over the entire space. The result is a term in the hamiltonian for an electronic system so there are ...
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Physics of explosions: just vorticity?

eg 1 2. Is it just vorticity? What's actually happening? (Similar: steam engines, volcanoes, clouds). examples are grid-based, using "vorticity confinement" in Phoenix FD. EDIT Some techniques: "...

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