Physics 301: Mathematical Physics
General Information

Lecturer: Dr. Dennis Clougherty
Address: STEM Discovery W307
Telephone: (802) 656-0063
Email: dennis.clougherty(at)
Office Hours W 1-3 and by appointment


Lecture TR10:05-11:20Waterman 403

Course Prerequisites

Physics 211, Physics 214

Course Text

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, 3rd Edition, K.F. Riley, M.P. Hobson, and S.J. Bence (Cambridge University Press)

This text is available at the UVM Bookstore and online.

Optional References

Mathematical Methods for Physics, H.W. Wyld
Mathematical Methods for Physicists, G. Arfken
Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, C.M. Bender and S.A. Orszag
Mathematics for Physics, Michael Stone and Paul Goldbart


There will be approximately a problem set each week. Solutions will be distributed in class.


There will be three in-class examinations (9/28, 10/31 and 11/30). The final grade will be based on the homework and the three exams.

Course Outline