Numerical and Computational Methods - PHYS5310

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Stuart Gibson checkmark-circle


This module introduces and develops a knowledge of numerical approximations to solve problems in physics, building on the programming skills gained in earlier stages. In addition, it complements the analytical methods students are trained to use and extends the range of tools that they can use in later stages of the degree. This module covers for example how to solve linear equations, how to find eigenvalues and numerical integration and differentiation.


Contact hours

Private Study: 120
Contact Hours: 30
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Problem Set 1 (3 hours) – 20%
• Problem Set 2 (3 hours) – 20%
• Problem Set 3 (3 hours) – 20%
• Problem Set 4 (3 hours) – 20%
• Problem Set 5 (3 hours) – 20%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theorems in pure and applied mathematics which have relevance to the physical sciences
2. Formulate and solve problems in physics numerically.
3. Analyse mathematical problems and select appropriate mathematical theorems and techniques for their solution using numerical and computational methods.
4. Quantitatively describe and predict real physical phenomena using mathematics.
5. Carry out algebraic manipulations, differentiate, and integrate, when solving mathematical problems.
6. Use computer programming to solve problems.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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