2016 Student Research Conference:

29th Annual Student Research Conference

29th Annual Student Research Conference

**Differential Equations in Computational Physics**

Alexander M. Wennerberg

Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor

In this talk we will examine current approaches and limits in forming computational models of physical problems. Computational physics is the field of using computer programming to solve physical problems. Computational physics lies somewhere between theory and experiment and can inform both. In order for a problem to be solved computationally, it must first be discretized. The primary manner in which computational physics approaches physical problems is through numerical solutions to differential equations, but other alternative approaches exist, which we will discuss.

**Keywords:** Computational Physics, Physics, Differential Equations

**Topic(s):**Physics

**Presentation Type:** Oral Paper

**Session:** -5

**Location:** MG 1096

**Time:** 2:00