Physics 102: Computational Physics in MATLAB

Professor Jessica Kintner

This is the course web page for Physics 102, Spring 2018

Jessica Kintner's Information:

  • Office: Gal 106-B
  • Office hours: TBA, and by appointment
  • email:

Recent announcements:

  • It would be great if you can arrive in class the very first day with the textbook and a working copy of MATLAB installed on whatever machine you plan to use.

Class Information

  • Syllabus
  • Tentative schedule. See the Calendar below for a more up-to-date schedule.
  • Instructions for turning in logs and .m files.
  • The textbook for the course will be: Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, 6ed, by Hahn and Valentine. Here is an Amazon link.
  • This course is also about learning MATLAB. You will be required to have access to a working copy of MATLAB. You can buy the student version for $49. I don't think we will need any of the extras, though it is possible you would want to buy them now. They are cheaper all bundled together--you can get everything (all of MATLAB and Simulink) for $99. But the $49 student version of MATLAB is required. Here is a link to buying MATLAB You can check the box to the far right of "MATLAB student" for just the basic program. You can add on packages for $10 each or buy all for $99.

    If you choose not to buy MATLAB, there are some other options. The best is to buy MATLAB. The physics labs have machines with MATLAB licenses on them. (It's possible we could hit the limit if everyone took this option.) There is also a program called Octave that is a free (gnu) version of MATLAB. However, I cannot help install that one! And things like the desktop commands in the textbook will be different.


Ch 2
Variables, statements and programs
Ch 1
2.6, 7, 8 (pp53-54)
Ch 1
Intro and MATLAB