Physics 485 -- Methods of Mathematical Physics -- Spring 2003

Instructor: Associate Professor S. Martin
Office: Faraday West 214
Phone: (815) 753-6467
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Office hours: M,T,W 10:45-11:45, or whenever you can find me. You will usually not be able to find me on Thursday afternoons.

Class meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30-10:45, Faraday West 227.

Textbook: There is no official required textbook for this class. However, I strongly recommend you obtain one of the following:

"Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences" by M.L. Boas, 2nd edition, Wiley, ISBN 0471044091.
Pros: Much more clearly written and logically organized than Arfken+Weber. Students often find the examples easier to follow.
Cons: Not nearly as complete as Arfken+Weber. Does not have a few of the topics we will cover.

"Mathematical Methods for Physicists" by G.B. Arfken and H. Weber, 5th edition, Harcourt/Academic Press, ISBN 0120598256.
Pros: Much more complete than Boas. A useful reference for work outside of our course. Some copies are available in the bookstore.
Cons: Organized in a way that is sometimes confusing. Examples are sometimes lacking.

Syllabus: in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.


Homework #1 assignment (due Thursday, January 23, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #2 assignment (due Thursday, January 30, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #3 assignment (due Thursday, February 6, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #4 assignment (due Thursday, February 13, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #5 assignment (due Thursday, February 20, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #6 assignment (due Thursday, February 27, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #7 assignment (due Tuesday, March 18, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Take-home Midterm (due Tuesday, March 25, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #8 assignment (due Tuesday, April 8, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #9 assignment (due Thursday, April 17, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #10 assignment (due Thursday, April 24, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Homework #11 assignment (due Thursday, May 1, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.

Final Exam (due Thursday, May 8, 2003) in postscript or pdf or LaTeX form.