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12.010 Computational Methods of Scientific Programming, Fall 2005

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

Highlights of this Course

This course features lecture notes and homework assignments.

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: .m, .tar, .f, .dat, and .nb. The .h files are header files. The .def file is an auxilliary file used with the .m files in this course.



Prof. Thomas Herring
Prof. Chris Hill

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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