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What is computational physics?

  1. Feb 13, 2012 #1
    I'm an undergraduate aiming for a physics major, and I love computer science and numerical algorithms. I'm wondering: What does a computational physicist do? Would a computational physicist be programming all day or solving equations all day?

    I'm just kind of confused where the physics ends and the computer science begins, as far as careers go.
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  3. Feb 13, 2012 #2


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    Depends if you do theoretical or experimental. I worked in a lab where we just processed live acoustic data (Fourier transforms an classification measures), but I've also worked in modeling where you do a lot of scratching on paper as well.

    In both though, it's good to have your solutions on paper before you go to code
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