Introduction to Numerical Programming: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers Using Python and C/C++ - Series in Computational Physics (Paperback)
  • Introduction to Numerical Programming: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers Using Python and C/C++ - Series in Computational Physics (Paperback)

Introduction to Numerical Programming: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers Using Python and C/C++ - Series in Computational Physics (Paperback)

Paperback 674 Pages / Published: 03/09/2014
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Makes Numerical Programming More Accessible to a Wider Audience

Bearing in mind the evolution of modern programming, most specifically emergent programming languages that reflect modern practice, Numerical Programming: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers Using Python and C/C++ utilizes the author's many years of practical research and teaching experience to offer a systematic approach to relevant programming concepts. Adopting a practical, broad appeal, this user-friendly book offers guidance to anyone interested in using numerical programming to solve science and engineering problems. Emphasizing methods generally used in physics and engineering-from elementary methods to complex algorithms-it gradually incorporates algorithmic elements with increasing complexity.

Develop a Combination of Theoretical Knowledge, Efficient Analysis Skills, and Code Design Know-How

The book encourages algorithmic thinking, which is essential to numerical analysis. Establishing the fundamental numerical methods, application numerical behavior and graphical output needed to foster algorithmic reasoning, coding dexterity, and a scientific programming style, it enables readers to successfully navigate relevant algorithms, understand coding design, and develop efficient programming skills. The book incorporates real code, and includes examples and problem sets to assist in hands-on learning.

Begins with an overview on approximate numbers and programming in Python and C/C++, followed by discussion of basic sorting and indexing methods, as well as portable graphic functionalityContains methods for function evaluation, solving algebraic and transcendental equations, systems of linear algebraic equations, ordinary differential equations, and eigenvalue problemsAddresses approximation of tabulated functions, regression, integration of one- and multi-dimensional functions by classical and Gaussian quadratures, Monte Carlo integration techniques, generation of random variables, discretization methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, and stability analysis

This text introduces platform-independent numerical programming using Python and C/C++, and appeals to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in natural sciences and engineering, researchers involved in scientific computing, and engineers carrying out applicative calculations.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781466569676
Number of pages: 674
Weight: 1202 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 41 mm


"This book is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in natural sciences and engineering for a one- or two-semester course. The material presented includes many topics treated in a numerical analysis course and contains a lot of coding examples in Phyton, and C/C++. ... The value of the book lies in the presentation of the programming and a program example on almost every second page."
-Gudula Runger, Zentralblatt MATH, 1308

"In a relatively crowded field of numerical programming books, this is the only one to include both Python and C code examples. ... a good reference for a one- or two-semester course for advanced undergraduate students or for graduate students in science or engineering."
-Optics & Photonics News, 2015

"Working through this book you will become an expert in numerical techniques ... . Your journey will be a real pleasure since the book focuses on thorough explanations, hands-on code examples, and graphical representations."
-Professor Dr. Alexander K. Hartmann, Institute for Physics, University of Oldenburg

"... by taking simple mathematical examples and translating them into what the computer actually does, this textbook provides us with a good picture of what is achieved in a numerical simulation. A basic necessity for whoever wants to address more complex coding and algorithms!"
-Professor Michel Mareschal, Department of Physics, Universite Libre de Bruxelles

"This is a useful book, both as a text and as a reference for computational physics students and instructors. Right from the first chapter about errors it provides an invaluable resource for aspects that are often not sufficiently emphasised, despite their importance for reliable calculations. I strongly recommend it for everyone's bookshelf."
-Professor Joan Adler, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

"... a comprehensive introduction to classical numerical methods for advanced-level undergraduate students in the physical sciences, engineering, and applied mathematics. The book is novel in teaching both numerics and the art of programming, via clear and simple codes in Python and C/++. ... I will recommend it to my students."
-Professor Mike Wheatland, The University of Sydney

"This book is unique in providing an introduction to [numerical methods, programming languages, and graphics]. Each topic is clearly explained and can be practiced using ready-made computer programs."
-Professor R.I. Campeanu, York University, Toronto

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