Physics 301, Mathematical Physics (Fall, 2005)

 

Instructor:

Jie Yang Cook A525; Phone: 656-0061; e-mail: jyang@uvm.edu

 

Schedule:

Lecture TR 9:30 10:45 AM Cook 531

 

Textbook:

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering. 2nd Ed. By KF Riley, MP Hobson and SJ Bence.

Reading:

You need to read the materials in the text a great deal before and after classes. We will go over major concepts in the text and show details of how to solve problems.

 

Homework:

There will be homework assignments after each chapter and these assignments will be given in classes. You are expected to work all problems in homework assignments. I will grade 50% to 70% of the problems picking at random, and provide complete solutions.

Homework Assigments


Exams:

Two take-home exams: a midterm (target: 10/13 assigning and 10/18 collecting) and a final (Assigning at end of class, the latest to turn in on 12/15).

 

Grades:

The two exams count 66% of the final grade (33% each). The average of homework counts 34%.

 

Office hours:

Monday: 10:00 11:30 AM Friday: 10:00 11:30 AM

 

Coverage:

I plan to cover about twenty one chapters of the textbook in detail. If time allows, we may discuss materials in later chapters. Major topics involved are the following.

  • Review of basic calculus
  • Complex numbers and functions
  • Series and limits
  • Partial differentiation and multiple integrals
  • Vectors, matrices and vector calculus
  • Line, surface and volume integrals
  • Fourier series and integral transforms
  • Differential equations
  • Partial differential equations
  • Complex variables
  • Tensors