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Physics 475: Introduction to Mathematical Physics

Spring 2010

Class schedule: T,Th 12:30-1:50pm, Millington Hall, Room 100

Office hours: M 2-3pm,T 4-5pm

Instructor - Josh Erlich

Millington Hall, Room 221

Office Phone: 757-221-3763

Email: erlich@physics.wm.edu

Grader - Adithia Kusno, Millington 23, 221-3570, akusno@wm.edu

Course website: http://physics.wm.edu/~erlich/475S10/

__Course Summary:__

This course covers
the basic mathematical concepts required to appreciate the modern
understanding of physical law. Topics will include
vector analysis, complex variables and contour integration,
series solutions of
differential equations, orthogonal functions,
partial differential equations, and Green's functions. Examples will be
motivated by the undergraduate physics curriculum.
__Text:__ Mary L. Boas, *
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences*,
Third Ed., Wiley.

__Prerequisites:__

This course assumes a background in calculus at the level of Math 111-112.
Experience with ordinary differential equations would be helpful.

__Course requirements and grade:__

- Problem sets (30%)
- Midterm Exams (2 x 20%)
- Final Exam (30%)

__Problem Sets:__

Problem sets will generally be passed out each Tuesday and due the following
Tuesday. Questions about the grading should first be addressed to the grader.
After speaking with the grader if you feel that a grading issue was not
adequately addressed, then see the instructor.
Problem Set 1,
due Tuesday, Feb 2, Solutions.

Problem Set 2,
due Tuesday, Feb 9. Solutions.

Problem Set 3,
due Tuesday, Feb 16. Solutions.

Problem Set 4,
due Tuesday, Feb 23. Solutions.

Problem Set 5,
due Tuesday, March 2. Solutions.

No homework over Spring Break!

Problem Set 6,
due Tuesday, March 23. Solutions.

Problem Set 7,
due Tuesday, March 30. Solutions.

Problem Set 8,
due Tuesday, April 6. Solutions.

Problem Set 9,
due Tuesday, April 13. Solutions.

Next homework will be assigned April 20!

Problem Set 10,
due *Thursday*, April 29.Solutions.

__Exams:__

- Midterm Exam 1: Thursday, March 4, in class.
- Midterm Exam 2: Thursday, April 15, in class.
- Final Exam: Monday, May 10, 9am, Millington 100.

Final solutions