Physics 221    Mathematical Methods of Physics

Instructor:  Savdeep Sethi

Primary Text:  Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences  by Boas

Location & Time:  KPTC 105, MWF 10:30-11:20

Teaching Assistant: Andy Royston

This course will serve as an introduction to the mathematical methods used in physics. It will
be aimed at
sophomore physics majors who have taken Physics 143 or both Physics 133 and
Math 220.

aim of the course will be to develop a strong framework for the future study of quantum
mechanics, electromagnetism and advanced classical mechanics
based primarily on linear algebra.  

Topics to be covered include: linear algebra, ODEs, PDEs, some tensor analysis and perhaps
complex analysis.

There will be weekly problem sets (~40%), a mid-term (~25%) and a final examination (~35%).

Discussion & Office Hours:

There will be a discussion session led by Andy Royston on Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:20 in KPTC 105.

My office hours are Wednesday's from 5-6 either in my office or in the theory lounge (next door)
if there are many students. Andy's office hours are Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 and from 5:30-6:30
in KPTC 303.

Additional Reference Material: 

Beyond the course text book, there are a number of other texts that might be worth perusing.

Mathematical Methods for Physicists  by Arfken and Weber

Mathematical Methods of Physics  by Mathews and Walker

Problem Sets:

I want you to primarily think about the homework assignments yourself. There is no better way
to learn the material than to puzzle over it. Preferably talk to the teaching assistant or me about
difficulties that you encounter.

Assignment 1

Solutions 1

Assignment 2

Solutions 2

Assignment 3

Solutions 3

Assignment 4

Solutions 4

Assignment 5

Solutions 5

Assignment 6

Midterm Solutions

Solutions 6

Assignment 7 - due date changed to Dec. 4.

Solutions 7

Final - Solutions