PHY 510 -- Mathematical Methods of Physics I -- Fall 2019

Tentative syllabus

Time and place: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00pm-3:15pm, East Hall, Room 305.

Textbook: G.A. Arfken and H.J. Weber, Mathematical Methods for Physicists.

For problem sets, which will be posted, I use the sixth edition, but as long as you keep in mind that the numbers of the problems might have changed, you can use an earlier edition too. Much of what we do is not in this book anyway.

The grade will be determined by the average of unit exams more or less corresponding to sets of chapters of the textbook and one or two numerical project(s), which I will post once we get going.

Unless we collectively decide differently, the project(s) will be written assuming that you will use Mathematica, which is available in the department. You may choose to use other another language, but you will not have the benefit of many of the hints and ready-for-use subroutines that may be contained in the project write-up(s). In other words, you will be on your own, if you choose this option.

Click here for suggested exercises, to be modified as we go along.

Current version of the numerical project.

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