The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam "numerical experiment": history and pedagogical perspectives

Abstract : The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) pioneering numerical experiment played a major role in the history of computer simulation because it introduced this concept for the first time. Moreover, it raised a puzzling question which was answered more than 10 years later. After an introduction to this problem, we briefly review its history and then suggest some simple numerical experiments, with a provided Matlab code, to study various aspects of the ``FPU'' problem.
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Thierry Dauxois, Michel Peyrard, Stefano Ruffo. The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam "numerical experiment": history and pedagogical perspectives. European Journal of Physics, European Physical Society, 2005, 26 (5), pp.s3-s11. ⟨ensl-00179881⟩

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