PHY210: Fortran for the Physical Sciences
Gustavus Adolphus College
January Term 2002
Professors:Dr. Thomas Huber
and Dr. Julie Talbot
Offices: Olin 209 (933-7036) and Olin 212 (933-7311)
- Required:Fortran 90 for Engineers and Scientists, by Larry
Nyhoff and Sanford Leestma, Prentice Hall (1997).
- Recommended:Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing
(FORTRAN Version), 2nd Edition, by W.H. Press, et al., Cambridge
University Press (1992); Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing
(Fortran 90 Version), W.H. Press, et al., Cambridge
University Press (1996)
- The entire text of Numerical Recipes is available online (PDF Files)
Course Policy and Evaluation
Late Homework: Late homework will be accepted
at the discretion of the instructors with some loss of points.
Exams: There will be three one-hour exams on
Fridays January 11, 18 and 25.
Missed Exams: Students are expected to arrange
with the instructors in advance to take an hour exam at other than
the announced time. Permission to make up a missed exam after the fact
will be at the discretion of the instructors and should not be assumed.
Project: Each student is required to complete
a Fortran programming project of his or her own design. Although the project
counts as 25% of the final course grade, there is a parallel requirement
that all students submit a project satisfying minimum reporting requirements
in order to receive a passing grade in the course. Complete project reports
are due no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, February 1. No programs or pieces
thereof will be accepted after that time. Additional information on the
project requirements and reports is available on the
, which is available from your instructors if you did not receive it on
the first day of class.
Project Presentation: During the final
week of classes, each student is required to give an oral presentation to
the class on their final project (the presentation times will be assigned
at least one week prior to the presentations). This presentation will be
graded on both content and style.
Computer Usage and Electronic Mail: Frequently
during the semester, we will be using the campus network and computers for
Electronic Mail (e-mail), to turn in assignments, and to access internet resources.
In addition, each student will be given an access to the PHYSICS file server
in order to access the Fortran compiler, editor, and ancillary programs.
You can use your /Mydata folder to save files on Gustavus' fileserver disk
system. IMPORTANT NOTE: While this system is backed up, each student
should maintain backup copies of all work, either on floppy disks or on their
own hard drive. In particular, you should save copies of programs that are
"partially working" to avoid "breaking" them by adding features.
Academic Honesty: In all academic
exercises, examinations, papers, and reports, students shall submit their
own work. Footnotes, or some other acceptable form of citation must accompany
any use of another's words or ideas. (The full text of the Gustavus Academic
Honesty Policy may be found in the Gustavus Adolphus College Academic Catalog).
- Lecture Schedule: The class time is every day from 9:00-9:50
AM and 10:30-Noon in Olin 220.
- Credit Towards Physics Major/Minor Sequence: This is an elective
course which DOES NOT count as a course credit towards a physics major
- Laboratory: Laboratories will be conducted on an open-lab basis.
The physics department labs (Olin 221 and 224) will be open for use from
approximately 1:00 - 4:00 PM daily, with one or both of the instructors available
to help. (Students may also be able to work on their daily and longer-term
assignments during the scheduled hours of the campus Windows-PC networks or
personal machines). However,network lab assistants and Information
Technology staff will not be available for debugging student programs!
- Attendance: Regular attendance at all classes is expected. In
a four-week course such as this, cutting class is highly frowned upon and
will be noted. Students will be held responsible for informing themselves
of all announcements and assignments made in the classroom.
- Homework: Written homework will be collected
at the beginning of class on the due date. Homework sets should be neat and
organized. Unless stated otherwise, an acceptable homework set should include:
Grades will be assigned using the following as a guide:
35% Hour Exams
25% Final Project
5% Project Presentations
94-100 A 74-78 C+
90-94 A- 70-74 C
86-90 B+ 66-70 C-
82-86 B 62-66 D+
78-82 B- 58-62 D
Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given
for work not completed due to circumstances beyond the control of the student
(this is the college policy).
Assignment of final letter grades will also take into account the instructors'
subjective evaluation of the student's attendance, initiative, preparation
(particularly quantity and quality of homework), and evidence of improvement.
Approximate Course Content:
Week 1 Jan 7 - 11 Chapters 1 - 3
Jan 11 ** EXAM 1 **
Week 2 Jan 14 - 18 Chapters 4 - 7
Jan 17 ** PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE **
Jan 18 ** EXAM 2 **
Week 3 Jan 21 - 25 Chapters 8 - 9, 12
Jan 25 ** EXAM 3 **
Week 4 Jan 28 - Feb 1 Numerical Methods
Jan 31 - Feb 1 ** PROJECT PRESENTATIONS **
Feb 1 ** PROJECT REPORT DUE at 4:00 PM **