12.010 Computational Methods of Scientific Programming

Fall 2008

Image showing format for a C program.
Overview of the format for a C program. (Image by Prof. Thomas Herring.)

Course Description

This course introduces programming languages and techniques used by physical scientists: FORTRAN, C, C++, MATLAB, and Mathematica. Emphasis is placed on program design, algorithm development and verification, and comparative advantages and disadvantages of different languages.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .avi, .c, .cc, .dat, .f, .fig, .m, .nb, and .tar. The .h files are header files.

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Prof. Thomas Herring
Prof. Chris Hill

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session