FSI-0PFAcad. year: 2017/2018
Independent physical problems solving using the computer. As a mathematical tool, basic numerical methods (derivation, integration, solution of the system of equations, interpolation, regression, solution of differential equations) are used. As a programming environment students will use the Excel and MATLAB.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will get the idea and acquire the experience of using different programming tools for engineering computational tasks solving.
Hardware. General structure of operating system, principles of user communication. Using the Windows. Word processors and spread sheets - MS Word and MS Excel. Computer networks, Internet, email. Knowledge of classic physics on the secondary school level.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Wieder, S.: Introduction to MathCad for Scientists and Engineers. McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, 1992.
Šleger,V. - Vrecion,P.: MathSoft MathCad7. Haar International, 1998.
Gould, H. - Tobochnik, J.: An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods. Part 1 and 2. Adison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995.
Maroš,B. - Marošová,M.: Základy numerické matematiky. VUT v Brně, 1997.
Zimmerman, R.L. - Olness F.I.: Mathematica for Physics. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
To receive the course-unit credit, students have to solve all assigned tasks. The procedure of the solution is documented by written remarks. The result of the solution is handed over as an electronic document.
Language of instruction
The aim of the course is to make students acquainted with the potential usage of the PC in an engineer`s daily work. After completing the course students should be able to utilize PCs for solving calculation tasks of technical subjects and the evaluation and presentation of laboratory measurements. The independent work of students is required.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
A teacher checks the attendance on seminars stated in the timetable. The form and the date of the compensation of missed lessons are specified by the teacher.
Classification of course in study plans
Type of course unit
seminars in computer labs
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
Introduction to computer physics. Basics of the work in computer labs.
Features of the electronic spreadsheet Excel. Kinematics of the uniform acceleration motion.
Building spreadsheet models. Rates of change. Accuracy of the numerical differentiation.
Kinematics of non-uniform acceleration. Simple numerical integration.
Flow of the heat. Simpson's method of integration.
Accuracy and stability of the numerical calculations.
The Second law of the motion. Solving the differential equation by Euler's method. Harmonic oscillations.
Solving the differential equation by Runge-Kutta method. Non-harmonic oscillations.
Building of the physical models in the Famulus programming environment.
Motion in real environment with resistive forces. The damped and driven oscillatory motion.
Evaluation of the experimental results and writing measurement report in MathCAD.
Expressing and calculation of statistics errors and confidence intervals.