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STP Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Program
written by Harvey Gould, Jan Tobochnik, Wolfgang Christian, and Anne Cox
The STP FPU program simulates the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam problem of a chain of particles coupled by spring-like forces which are linear and cubic in the displacement of particles from their equilibrium positions. The problem was first simulated in 1953 by Enrico Fermi, John Pasta, and Stanislaw Ulam as a way to try to understand how a one-dimensional crystal evolves toward thermal equilibrium. The default system is a chain of N = 18 particles initially in the n=1 mode.

STP FPU is part of a suite of Open Source Physics programs that model aspects of Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP). The program is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the stp_FPU.jar file will run the program is Java is installed on your computer. Additional programs can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, STP, or Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Coupled Oscillations
= Non-Linear Systems
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Kinetic and Diffusive Processes
= Approach to Equilibrium
= Ergodicity
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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© 2009 Wolfgang Christian
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Fermi-Pasta-Ulam, coupled oscillators, mechanics, oscillations, waves
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Metadata instance created March 7, 2009 by Anne Cox
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July 8, 2013 by Bruce Mason
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H. Gould, J. Tobochnik, W. Christian, and A. Cox, Computer Program STP FERMI-PASTA-ULAM PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2009), WWW Document, (
H. Gould, J. Tobochnik, W. Christian, and A. Cox, Computer Program STP FERMI-PASTA-ULAM PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2009), <>.
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Gould, H., Tobochnik, J., Christian, W., & Cox, A. (2009). STP Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Program (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from
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Gould, H, J. Tobochnik, W. Christian, and A. Cox. "STP Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Program." Version 1.0. (accessed 15 June 2024).
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Gould, Harvey, Jan Tobochnik, Wolfgang Christian, and Anne Cox. STP Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Program. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2009. Java 1.5. 15 June 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik and Wolfgang Christian and Anne Cox", Title = {STP Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Program}, Month = {March}, Year = {2009} }
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