Operators and Matrices
Youve been using operators for years even if youve never heard the term. Dierentiation falls into this
category; so does rotation; so does wheel-alignment. In the subject of quantum mechanics, familiar
ideas such as energy and momen
Numerical Analysis
You could say that some of the equations that you encounter in describing physical systems cant be
solved in terms of familiar functions and that they require numerical calculations to solve. It would be
misleading to say this however,
Tensors
You cant walk across a room without using a tensor (the pressure tensor). You cant align the wheels
on your car without using a tensor (the inertia tensor). You denitely cant understand Einsteins theory
of gravity without using tensors (many of th
Vector Calculus 2
Theres more to the subject of vector calculus than the material in chapter nine. There are a couple
of types of line integrals and there are some basic theorems that relate the integrals to the derivatives,
sort of like the fundamental t
Vector Spaces
The idea of vectors dates back to the middle 1800s, but our current understanding of the concept
waited until Peanos work in 1888. Even then it took many years to understand the importance and
generality of the ideas involved. This one under
Dierential Equations
The subject of ordinary dierential equations encompasses such a large eld that you can make a
profession of it. There are however a small number of techniques in the subject that you have to know.
These are the ones that come up so of
Fourier Series
Fourier series started life as a method to solve problems about the ow of heat through ordinary
materials. It has grown so far that if you search our librarys catalog for the keyword Fourier you will
nd 618 entries as of this date. It is a
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Physics 141
Tentative Schedule
The following is a tentative physics 141 schedule for Summer Session 1,
2013, at the Duke Marine Lab.
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Physics 142 Syllabus
This is the second of a two semester sequence in introductory physics, covering
electrostatics, magnetostatics, the electromagnetic wave equation, light, and
optics, with calculus. Its intended targets are math/science majors other th
Physics 141: Fall 2013
Course Syllabus
General Course Information
Course Director: Robert G. Brown
Email address: rgb at phy dot duke dot edu
Cell Phone: 919-280-8443
Recitation Instructors: Stephen Teitsworth (teitso at phy dot duke dot
edu); Joshua Soco