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What is Computational Physics?

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What is Computational Physics?

According to the Computational Physics Program, "Computational Physics combines physics, computer science and applied mathematics in order to provide scientific solutions to realistic and often complex problems. Areas of application include environmental modeling, nuclear cleanup, the design of materials, ground water transport, the nature of elementary particles, medical imaging, and energy management. A computational physicist understands not only the workings of computers and the relevant science and mathematics, but also how computer algorithms and simulations connect the two."

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See Relationships Among Factors Draw Meaningful Conclusions Understand Concepts Utilize Concepts

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Computational Physicist Jobs - Glassdoor

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