Are There Physics Programs for Complex Calculations?

In summary, a physicist uses a lab coat to keep their clothes clean and to avoid contaminating the equipment they are working with. They also use a program to calculate solutions to physics problems.
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You know that Physics can be pretty complex with Math. Picturing a fellow doing it all by hand is quite hard. SO I imagine they've got some Physics programs where a scientest can enter their infor ,the chip does funny tricks and they come out with results.

They computer could probrably do almost the same thing as a scientiific calculator but it shoudl be able to handle more tricks or functions. Graphs and illustrations out to be as well.

BTW I'm picturing a physicist with a labcoast on doing experiments and going over to his/her computer and entering the results.DOes a physicist really need to have a labcoat on?
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I hate moving threads.
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DOes a physicist really need to have a labcoat on?

Yes, with a bowtie.
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like this?

There is no program that I know of where you can input a physics problem and get a solution, that's what a physicist is for. Maybe explain your question a bit better, its a bit vague. :-)

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cyrusabdollahi said:
Yes, with a bowtie.
Some do. :rofl:

We had to wear lab coats when we worked in the lab, primarily because we worked with radioactive sources and it was better to have any contamination on the lab coat rather than one's own clothes.

As for doing experiments, probably in some cases, physics are tinkering with mechanical systems which may involve grease or lubricant, or welding, or chemicals, or working fluids, or electrical systems, which might involve soldering, so one would wear a lab coat to keep one's clothes clean.

Also, if one is using sensitive equipment, e.g. microelectronics, one might wear a clean suit to keep dust/particulates to a minimum.

As for calculations or programs, some can be very simple and performed on a calculator, while others can be exceedingly complex involving hundreds or thousands of lines of code (e.g. Finite Element Methods/Multiphysics Codes). Look at the statistical packages and what is involved.
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Hmm, so there are Physics prohrams?
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Nuklear said:
Hmm, so there are Physics prohrams?

As in computational programs? Most are probably proprietary.

There are FEM packages like Comsol - - and others.

It used to be FEMLAB, and they keep upgrading/expanding it.

I think if one checks the forums, one will find some discussion of physics codes. There are codes for modeling stars and stellar physics, codes for modeling galaxies, codes for modeling collections of galaxies, and in the other direction of scale, codes modeling atomic interactions/bonding, molecular engineering, microstructures, nanostructures, quarks and leptons . . . . . virtually any physical (including chemical) interaction that is conceivable.
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I'd expet there to be programs, I couldn't do it all by hand. And there are some functions you can't find on a calculator.
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Nuklear said:
DOes a physicist really need to have a labcoat on?

its a choice between either that or a little black top hat

1. What is a physics problem program?

A physics problem program is a computer software designed to help users solve complex physics problems. It usually includes a variety of tools and algorithms to assist users in understanding and solving physics equations and concepts.

2. How does a physics problem program work?

A physics problem program uses mathematical equations and algorithms to simulate real-life physics scenarios. Users can input data and variables into the program, and it will provide step-by-step solutions and visual representations of the problem.

3. What types of physics problems can be solved using a physics problem program?

A physics problem program can solve a wide range of problems, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, electricity and magnetism, optics, and thermodynamics. Some programs may also have the capability to solve more advanced topics such as quantum mechanics and relativity.

4. Can a physics problem program be used for educational purposes?

Yes, many physics problem programs are designed specifically for educational purposes. They can be used as a learning tool to help students understand complex concepts and equations and practice problem-solving skills.

5. Are physics problem programs accurate?

Physics problem programs use mathematical equations and algorithms based on scientific principles and laws, making them highly accurate. However, the accuracy of the results may depend on the accuracy of the input data and variables provided by the user.

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