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A Survey of Computational Physics:
Introductory Computational Science
Rubin H. Landau, Manuel José Páez & Cristian C. Bordeianu

Rubin H. Landau, Winner of the 2008 Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences Awards, The Krell Institute

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Computational physics is a rapidly growing subfield of computational science, in large part because computers can solve previously intractable problems or simulate natural processes that do not have analytic solutions. The next step beyond Landau's First Course in Scientific Computing and a follow-up to Landau and Páez's Computational Physics, this text presents a broad survey of key topics in computational physics for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, including new discussions of visualization tools, wavelet analysis, molecular dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics. By treating science, applied mathematics, and computer science together, the book reveals how this knowledge base can be applied to a wider range of real-world problems than computational physics texts normally address.

Designed for a one- or two-semester course, A Survey of Computational Physics will also interest anyone who wants a reference on or practical experience in the basics of computational physics. The text includes a CD-ROM with supplementary materials, including Java, Fortran, and C programs; animations; visualizations; color figures; interactive Java applets; codes for MPI, PVM, and OpenDX; and a PVM tutorial.

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"Landau and Piez, authors of Computational Physics, have teamed up with Bordeianu to create an expanded work on introductory computational physics. Even more comprehensive than the first book, this volume contains up-to-date treatments of many new topics at the forefront of the field. . . . This volume offers everything needed for a graduate or undergraduate computational physics course."--K.D. Fisher, Choice

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"In addition to being an excellent undergraduate textbook, A Survey of Computational Physics will be useful to scientists wanting a good reference on basic computational modeling methods."--John W. Mintmire, Oklahoma State University

"This book is a welcome addition to the existing literature on the subject. It is needed as much for its pedagogical approach to computational thinking as for its choice of topics in computational physics. Its use of Java as the main programming language brings it up to date with the skills that the new generation of students will bring to class."--Ali Eskandarian, George Washington University

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