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Basic knowledge of calculus and analysis, series, partial differential equations, and linear algebra.

Approx. 18 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    How to solve a partial differential equation using the finite-difference, the pseudospectral, or the linear (spectral) finite-element method.

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    Understanding the limits of explicit space-time simulations due to the stability criterion and spatial and temporal sampling requirements.

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    Strategies how to plan and setup sophisticated simulation tasks.

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    Strategies how to avoid errors in simulation results.

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Intermediate Level

Basic knowledge of calculus and analysis, series, partial differential equations, and linear algebra.

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week 01 - Discrete World, Wave Physics, Computers

The use of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations is motivated giving examples form Earth sciences. Concepts of discretization in space and time are introduced and the necessity to sample fields with sufficient accuracy is motivated (i.e. number of grid points per wavelength). Computational meshes are discussed and their power and restrictions to model complex geometries illustrated. The basics of parallel computers and parallel programming are discussed and their impact on realistic simulations. The specific partial differential equation used in this course to illustrate various numerical methods is presented: the acoustic wave equation. Some physical aspects of this equation are illustrated that are relevant to understand its solutions. Finally Jupyter notebooks are introduced that are used with Python programs to illustrate the implementation of the numerical methods.

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6 videos (Total 63 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
W1V4 Parallel Simulations10m
W1V5 A bit of wave physics16m
W1V6 Python and Jupyter notebooks10m
1 reading
Jupiter Notebooks and Python10m
1 practice exercise
Discretization, Waves, Computers45m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Week 02 The Finite-Difference Method - Taylor Operators

In Week 2 we introduce the basic definitions of the finite-difference method. We learn how to use Taylor series to estimate the error of the finite-difference approximations to derivatives and how to increase the accuracy of the approximations using longer operators. We also learn how to implement numerical derivatives using Python.

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8 videos (Total 41 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
W2V4 Python: First Derivative10m
W2V5 Operators5m
W2V6 High Order3m
W2V7 Python: High Order7m
W2V8 Summary1m
1 practice exercise
Taylor Series and Finite Differences20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 03 The Finite-Difference Method - 1D Wave Equation - von Neumann Analysis

We develop the finite-difference algorithm to the acoustic wave equation in 1D, discuss boundary conditions and how to initialize a simulation example. We look at solutions using the Python implementation and observe numerical artifacts. We analytically derive one of the most important results of numerical analysis – the CFL criterion which leads to a conditionally stable algorithm for explicit finite-difference schemes.

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9 videos (Total 50 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
W3V4 Initialization4m
W3V5 Python: Waves in 1D5m
W3V6 Analytical Solutions4m
W3V7 Python: Waves in 1D3m
W3V8 Von Neumann Analysis19m
W3V9 Summary1m
1 practice exercise
Acoustic Wave Equation with Finite Differences in 1D - CFL criterion
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Week 04 The Finite-Difference Method in 2D - Numerical Anisotropy, Heterogeneous Media

We develop the solution to the 2D acoustic wave equation, compare with analytical solutions and demonstrate the phenomenon of numerical (non-physical) anisotropy. We extend the von Neumann Analysis to 2D and derive numerical anisotropy analytically. We learn how to initialize a realistic physical problem and illustrate that 2D solution are already quite powerful to understand complex wave phenomena. We introduced the 1D elastic wave equation and show the concept of staggered-grid schemes with the coupled first-order velocity-stress formulation.

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10 videos (Total 83 min), 1 quiz
10 videos
W4V4 Acoustic Waves 2D – von Neumann Analysis5m
W4V5 Acoustic Waves 2D – Waves in a Fault Zone8m
W4V6 Python: Waves in a Fault Zone9m
W4V7 Elastic Wave Equation – Staggered Grids16m
W4V8 Python: Staggered Grids5m
W4V9 Improving numerical accuracy11m
W4V10 Wrap up3m
1 practice exercise
Acoustic Wave Equation in 2D - Numerical Anisotropy - Staggered Grids45m
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Top reviews from Computers, Waves, Simulations: A Practical Introduction to Numerical Methods using Python

By NLMar 14th 2019

Well thought out. The material is ordered logically and easy to follow. This online course compliments the book from which it is based on.

By YHApr 9th 2019

This is a great course for intro to numerical course with additional bonus on python code, although a little bit too fast pace.

Instructor

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Heiner Igel

Prof. Dr.
Earth and Environmental Sciences

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