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University of Maryland Department of Physics Physics 604 Fall 2011 GENERAL INFORMATION Title: Methods of Mathematical Physics Instructor: Dr. James F. Drake Office: A. V. Williams Bldg. (3311) Phone: 405-1471 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: by appointment or random access. Web site: www.terpconnect.umd.edu/ drake/classes/physics604 Room: CHM 0127 Time: TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM Grader: Jiang Xu Office: PHYS 0104 Phone: 405-8577 email: [email protected] Course Description: The course is intended to provide a strong mathematical background for solving equations in physics. Topics to be covered are: (1) the theory complex variables including analytic functions, integral theorems and analytic continuation: (2) methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations including Fourier and Laplace transforms, integral representations, eigenfunction expansions, Green’s functions and approximation methods. The emphasis will be on techniques which are useful to the practicing physicist.
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Unformatted text preview: Text: G. Arfken and H. Weber, Mathematical Methods for Physicists . 6th Edition (2005), Academic Press. Supplementary Reading: Churchill, Complex Variables and Applications , McGraw-Hill Mathews and Walker, Mathematical Methods of Physics , Benjamin Lea, Mathematics for Physicists , Thomson Bender and Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers , McGraw-Hill Homework: Assignments will be made on each Thursday and will be due the following Thursday. Late homework will be penalized 20% for each day late and will not be accepted beyond Friday after it is due. Grading: There will be three exams: two midterms and a final. Grades will be assigned as follows: Homework 100 points 1st midterm 100 points 2nd midterm 100 points Final 200 points The lowest score from the homework, either of the two midterms or half of the final will be dropped....
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