Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations by Alexander K Hartmann

By Alexander K Hartmann

"This targeted ebook is a musthave for any scholar making an attempt first steps in machine simulations. Any new pupil becoming a member of my computational physics workforce is anticipated to first paintings via Hartmann's advisor prior to beginning a examine project." Helmut Katzgraber affiliate Professor Texas A&M college "This ebook is choked with helpful info for everybody doing desktop simulations. it's going to have stored me lots time in my prior paintings if it were on hand then. it's going to be obligatory studying for college kids commencing within the box, yet skilled staff also will locate beneficial gemstones, as I did." A Peter younger study Professor of Physics college of California, Santa Cruz This booklet teaches you all valuable (problemindependent) instruments and methods had to enforce and practice refined medical numerical simulations. hence, it truly is fitted to undergraduate and graduate scholars who are looking to turn into specialists in desktop simulations in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, machine technological know-how and different fields.

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Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations

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G. 1) /* print step function in [-1,1] */ printf("Theta(%f)=%f\n", x, step_function(x)); 5 6 7 return(0); 8 9 } When running the program, the output looks like (only a part is shown here, as indicated by the dots) page 35 09-Oct- 2014 October 9, 2014 36 14:51 Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations book4˙2nd Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations . 000000 . To be able to use the function step_function() inside main(), the compiler has to “be aware” of it when it compiles the code for main().

In this old form, the types are listed separately behind the (. . ) brackets and before the {. . g. minmax_t minmax(x, num) double x[]; int num; { ... } Sometimes you do not want a function to explicitly return something. page 39 09-Oct- 2014 October 9, 2014 40 14:51 Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations book4˙2nd Big Practical Guide to Computer Simulations In this case, you can use the special type void. No return statement is necessary now. One can still use the return statement to leave a function, but it must be used without a return value.

But this is a waste of programming effort and makes the code not well structured. It is better to move this task to a subroutine, which in C is always a function. 0); } As you see, the code of each function should be accompanied by a function comment (lines 1–11) which explains what the function does, what arguments are to be passed and what is returned. Although this is not necessary for the program to compile correctly, you should get used to writing function comments, and other comments, right from the beginning.

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