CP02_projects - Computational Projects 1 2 Art and Science...

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1 1 Computational Projects 2 3 Art and Science Computational Physics is an art (requires imagination and creativity) and science (uses specific methods and techniques) 4 Milestones 1. Problem definition 2. Problem analysis 3. Equations and data 4. Computational project (detailed design) 5. 6. Program coding (writing a computer code) 7. Get the code running (data flows, bugs) 8. Testing 9. Calculations and analysis of results 10. Program maintenance 5 Steps 1-2: Problem Solving Skill The most valuable quality of physics majors on job market Experience Learning Interesting books: How to Solve It : A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Princeton Science Library) by G. Polya The Art and Craft of Problem Solving by Paul Zeitz The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving by Morgan D. Jones 6 Techniques from The Thinker's Toolkit: by Morgan D. Jones 1. Problem restatement 2. PROs-CONs-FIXes 3. Divergent Thinking 4. Sorting, Chronologies and Timelines 5. Causal Flow Diagramming 6. Matrices 7. Decision/Event Trees 8. Weighted Ranking 9. Hypothesis Testing 10. Devil's Advocacy 11. Probability Tree 12. Utility Tree 13. Utility Matrix 14. Advanced Utility Analysis.
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2 7 Techniques from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TMC.htm 1. Appreciation - Extracting All Most Information From Facts 2. Drill-Down - Breaking Problems Down into Manageable Parts 3. Cause & Effect Diagrams - Identifying Likely Causes of Problems 4. Systems Diagrams - Understanding How Factors Affect Each Other 5. SWOT - Analyzing Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats 6. Cash Flow Forecasting With Spreadsheets - Analyzing Whether an Idea is Financially Viable 7. Risk Analysis 8. Porter's Five Forces - Understanding the Balance of Power in a Situation 9. PEST Analysis - Understanding "Big Picture" Forces of Change
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