
Homework: There will normally be a homework assignment each week.
Late homeworks will not be accepted without
special permission, generally requested in advance.
Homeworks will be graded and will be a significant
contribution to your final grade (3040%).
There will be some homeworks due for students of 511 but not for 464.
Not yet, though.
Exams: There will be one midterm exam and a final exam. They will be inclass closedbook exams. You will be permitted some reference material, not yet decided
Class Times: Currently scheduled for Wednesday at noon and
Friday at 1:40, meeting in Hill 009.
Lectures start promptly, so please come on time.
There are many books which give alternate presentations or treat subjects in more depth. A list of some of them are here.
Syllabus: See the syllabus link, though it is not finalized and there will be changes. This link is, however, a more accurate description of what will be covered than either of the catalog course descriptions, which are
01:750:464. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (3)
Physical applications of linear algebra, the exterior calculus,
differential forms, complexes and cohomology. Applications will
include Hamiltonian dynamics, normal mode analysis, Markov processes,
thermodynamics, Schroedinger's equation, special relativity,
electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations, and wave
equations.
511 TOPICS IN MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (3)
Prerequisites: 640:403 Complex Variables and 640:423 Partial
Differential Equations, or equivalent.
Functions of a complex variable, contour integration, calculus of
residues, conformal mapping with applications to electrostatics,
magnetostatics and fluid dynamics in two dimensions. Solution of
boundaryvalue problems of physics by integral equation methods,
construction of Green's functions. Fourier and Laplace transform
theory with applications to harmonic motion, electrostatics, heat
conduction, circuits and transients.