U4 - Computational Physics

The U4 - Computational Physics project

The U4 network is a collaboration of the universities of Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen and Uppsala to provide a supportive platform for joint cooperative initiatives in the field of education, research and institutional management, as well as to offer a solid framework for cooperation as preferential partners in international projects and contexts.

Within this network the Computational Physics project was created to improve and internationalize the computational physics education of undergraduate students at the 4 partner universities. For this is was found that more emphasis should be put on computer exercises in Python as a regular occurence in all lectures during the physics education, allowing the students to improve their knowledge of programming during their education and learn to treat many interesting problems that are otherwise near impossible to solve.

To ensure the quality of this education, new tools are made available to lecturers and students. These include tutorials, teaching aids, visualization guides with examples or high quality, fully fleshed out exercises and student tutorials on special topics. The format of the exercises allows for the use of interactive environments (jupyter notebooks) for efficient programming and presentation in one.

October Conference

On the 14th of October we organise a small, public conference. Here lecturers and students can listen to presentations about the details of the project, as well as join in a discussion about its future. The conference is held live at the 4 universities.

The schedule of the conference:
  • 3 - 4 pm: presentation and discussion for lecturers
  • 4 - 5 pm: presentation and discussion for students
  • 5 - 6 pm: Python crash-course, team building, programming project for students of semester 1 to 3. The best group gets some prizes!
  • Ghent: TBA
  • Göttingen: SR1 (A.01.101)
  • Groningen: TBA
  • Uppsala: TBA
If you are from Göttingen, join this StudIP group for conference material or post conference discussion.

Or follow this poster:
U4 Comp. Thinking Poster