# 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Physical meaning behind the choice of the proposal distribution in Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods

Let us consider the conventions on names used in the theoretical derivation of Metropolis-Hastings Monte Carlo as outlined here, for the sake of common nomenclature. What we are building is a step-...
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### How to keep velocities in check in molecular dynamics simulation?

I am trying to make a very simple molecular dynamics simulator with Reflective Boundary Conditions. I am assigning the initial positions in a cube randomly while making sure they are not too close to ...
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### Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics: Weird clustering of particles. Is that normal?

I implemented a rather simple SPH simulation using a cubic-spline-kernel and a simple non-iterative pressure solver as described in this PDF in equation 9. I followed algorithm 1 of that paper (...
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) = - \...