Simulation Methods in Physics II SS 2015

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Lecture (2 SWS) and Tutorials "Simulationsmethoden in der Praxis" (2 SWS)
Prof. Dr. Christian Holm; Dr. Jens Smiatek
Course language
Location and Time
Lecture: Thu, 11:30 - 13:00; ICP, Allmandring 3, Seminar Room (room 01.079)
Tutorials: TBA (Tutors: Bibek Adhikari, Johannes Zeman, and Florian Weik); ICP, Allmandring 3, CIP-Pool (room 01.033)

The tutorials have their own title "Simulationsmethoden in der Praxis", as they can be attended independently of the lecture and are in fact part part of the Physics MSc module "Fortgeschrittene Simulationsmethoden" and not of the module containing the lecture "Simulation Methods in Physics II".

These hands-on-tutorials will take place in the CIP-Pool of the ICP, Allmandring 3. They consist of practical exercises at the computer, like small programming tasks, simulations, visualization and data analysis. The tutorials build on each other, therefore continuous attendance is expected.


The course intends to give an overview about modern simulation methods used in physics today. The stress of the lecture will be to introduce different approaches to simulate a problem, hence we will not go too to deep into specific details but rather try to cover a broad range of methods. For an idea about the content look at the lecture schedule.


We expect the participants to have basic knowledge in classical and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and partial differential equations, as well as knowledge of a programming language. The knowledge of the previous course Simulation Methods I is expected.

Certificate Requirements

1. Attendance of the exercise classes
2. Obtaining 50% of the possible marks in each worksheet

The final grade will be determined from the final oral examination.

Oral Examination

Please email to Christian Holm in order to arrange a date in September or october for the oral examination.

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Date Subject Resources
16.04.2015 Introduction, Ab initio methods, Quantum mechanics, Hartree-Fock
23.04.2015 Density functional theory, Carr-Parinello MD
30.04.2015 Classical force fields, Atomistic simulations, Biomolecules
07.05.2015 Water models, Born model of solvation
14.05.2015 Holiday (Christi Himmelfahrt)

21.05.2015 Coarse-grained models, simulations of macromolecules and soft matter
28.05.2015 Holiday (Pfingsten)
04.06.2015 Holiday (Fronleichnam)
11.06.2015 Long range interactions in periodic boundary conditions
18.06.2015 Poisson-Boltzmann theory, charged polymers
25.06.2015 Hydrodynamic methods: Lattice-Boltzmann, Brownian Dynamics, DPD, SRD

02.07.2015 Hydrodynamic methods II
09.07.2015 Advanced MC/MD methods
16.07.2015 Free energy methods I
23.07.2015 Free energy methods II


  • The tutorials will take place in the ICP CIP-Pool.
  • New worksheets are handed out every two weeks. The first worksheet will be handed out on Thu. 10.04. The following week is dedicated to working on problems related to the last worksheet. Homework in the form of a report should be sent to the responsible tutor (Bibek Adhikari or Narayanan Krishnamoorthy Anand) before the next worksheet will be handed out. The two-week cycle ends with the discussion of results of the previous worksheet and handing out a new one.
  • The worksheets should be handed in every second Tuesday until 10 am (see dates below).
  • Assessment of the tutorials

Each task within the tutorial is assigned a given number of points. Each student should have 50 % of the points from each tutorial as a prerequisite for the oral examination.

  • Dates:


There is an oral examination at the end of the semester. All students having obtained 50% of the points from each tutorial are eligible to take the exam. The duration of the exam depends on the module this lecture is part of. Briefly,

BSc/MSc Physik, Modul "Simulationsmethoden in der Physik"
60 min exam (contents from both parts SMI + SMII will be examined)
International MSc Physics, Elective Module "Simulation Techniques in Physics II" (240918-005)
30 min exam (content only from SMII will be examined).
BSc/MSc SimTech, Modul "Simulationsmethoden in der Physik für SimTech II"
40 min (content from SMII will be examined).

For additional information/modules, please contact us (Christian Holm, Jens Smiatek).