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Introduction to numerical analysis and scientific computing with python

Syllabus 2023-2024

  • Basics on Scientific Computing
  • Vector spaces, vector norms, matrices, and matrix norms
  • Basic linear algebra: direct solution of linear systems
  • Not so basic linear algebra: iterative solution of linear systems
  • Polynomial interpolation
  • Interpolatory Quadrature rules
  • L2 projection / Least square approximation
  • Introduction to Finite Difference Methods
  • Introduction to Finite Element Methods

Python laboratories

Topics in high order accurate time integration methods

Ordinary differential equations (ODEs) describe many physical, biological and chemical phenomena. It is, thus, important to find approximations of ODEs which are highly accurate and, in order to obtain it within reasonable computational times, high order accurate time integration methods are very often chosen to proceed in time. In this course, we will revise ODEs and the theoretical results that guarantee their existence and uniqueness [1, 2].

Advanced programming

Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of advanced programming concepts, specifically in C++ and Python. They will become familiar with object-oriented and generic programming paradigms, as well as proficient in utilizing common data structures, algorithms, and relevant libraries and frameworks for scientific computing. Furthermore, students will be introduced to fundamental software development tools in a Linux environment, encompassing essential aspects like software documentation, version control, testing, and project management.

Turbulent compressible fluid dynamics

Turbulence plays a fundamental role in many different applications varying from aeronautical to environmental simulations. This course aims at giving an overview of the phenomenology and mathematical modelling of compressible turbulent flows. We will start from a first part focused on gasdynamics (thermodynamics, compressible navier-stokes equations, speed of sound, shock waves). The second part of the course will instead be focused on turbulence phenomenology and modelling.


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