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Hello All. I am a second year engineering student switching over from Mechatronics engineering to physics with a minor in computer sciences. While I have done some programming in C, C++, Java, TCL and Assembler, I would like to know how I would approach modeling physical phenomena...e.g basic models of planet/solar system formation etc....I've had a Data Structures and Algorithms course and have a rough understanding of trees and various other data structures...Are there any texts that can help me out with this?

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- Necross


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You need a good understanding of Differential equations, both ODE and PDE, along with numerical methods. Your CS background is a good starting place but you must have the math in order to understand and create workable models.
Can you please recommend some good books? I've touched upon ODE's and have some PDE's in theory in some of my current physics courses. I will be learning ODE's and PDE's soon enough but I can't wait that long. It's going to hold me back from doing this and having a complete understanding of the theory itself. Thanks for the reply. :)

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