Computing is increasingly important to the modern physicist, and a little skill in programming will help enormously in solving real-world problems. Like mathematics, computing is a widely applicable tool, not just something to be studied in isolation.
To encourage practice and familiarity, we are offering Raspberry Pis to our visiting UCAS Applicants. Videos and resources on this page will help go from novice to using Mathematica to solve A-level mathematics problems, and beyond.
At Swansea, we introduce programming in our first year Laboratory Skills module and teach a full course in Physics Simulation in the second year. We use the powerful and elegant programming language Python, used widely in academia and industry, as the glue to bring together powerful numerical libraries and other tools for scientific computing. Python comes pre-installed on the Raspberry Pi, and the programming tool,
spyder3 is available via the extensive software library.
For further resources on getting starting with your Pi, check out the excellent resources on the official site.
For videos of our Postgraduates solving A-Level exam problems, check out the Particle Physics YouTube Channel.