BPhO Computational Physics Project & Competition

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The Computational Challenge Competition

The 2023 Competition is illustrated by these two items below, and the registration form link.

  1. The theory behind the competition example:
    BPhO CompPhys Challenge 2023, theory
  2. A brief three page summary of the Tasks:
    BPhO CompPhys Challenge 2023

The deadline for submitting entries is midnight on Monday 14th August 2023 (UK time).

The procedure for submitting will be sent to those who have registered via the form below.

Some 1400 students signed up for the webinars. About 900 turned up, and this dropped to 150 by the end. So that we do not email so many students who are not going to do the actual competition, please could you register using the link here. This will enable us to keep in touch with those who want to take part in the competition. It was popular last year and we had over 40 entries in the end. Please register here to give us some contact names. If you are leaving school at the end of term, could you include a non-school email as schools often close your account when you leave.

Registration form to enter the competition

Gold Entries from August 2022.

You will see the variety of styles and you are not restricted to any particular form. These have different strengths in terms of their presentation, coding, apps, examples, etc.

The eleven week course, which was presented in 2023 from January to April, accompanies the book Science by Simulation written by Dr Andrew French and published by World Scientific. (There is a 30% reduction promo code for ordering through the BPhO.)
Science by Simulation 6 min summary

Science by Simulation book cover and precis

The 8-week Computational Physics Course for 2023

Week numberDateLink to Data filesVideo recording
Week 119th JanEpidemiology of Eyam data filesRecording
26th Janpostponed
Week 22nd FebGravity & Verlet data filesRecording
Week 3 9th FebMay’s Chaotic Rabbits data filesRecording
16th Feb(Half Term Break)
Week 4 23rd FebTake the Weather with you (in small or large data sets)Recording
Week 5 2nd MarRandom Walks, data files and python codeRecording
Week 6 9th MarChernobyl radioactivity analysis, Excel challenge/data processing pipeline,
with MATLAB adaptations
Week 7 16th MarThe Subtlety of Rainbows
(Release of 2023 Challenge from Th 16th Mar)
Week 8 20th AprilCompetition Briefing, slides and Computational Challenge Paper