MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
Class: Monday and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45, Room 264 (Meyer Building)
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro
Office Hours: Fridays 10-11AM, Room 506 Meyer.
Grades: Homework (30%), Midterm (30%), Final Exam (40%)
Recitations: David W. Hogg (david.hogg@nyu.edu ) [Thursdays 12:15-1:15, Meyer 421]

Final Exam

Will be on Wednesday, May 7, 12-1:50PM, Meyer 264
Spring 2002 Final Exam

Textbook

  • B. Kusse and E. Westwig, Mathematical Physics, 1998, John Wiley & Sons

    Homework [Due on Fridays, 3PM, Meyer 424]

  • HMW1 [31Jan]: Problems 1 through 10 in Chapter 1
  • HMW2 [07Feb]: Problems 3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,13 in Chapter 2
  • HMW3 [14Feb]: Problems 1 through 7, plus 19 and 20 in Chapter 3
  • HMW4 [28Feb]: Problems 1,10,11,15,18,19 in Chapter 4
  • HMW5 [07Mar]: Problems 1,2,8,9,14,15,22(i-ii),24 in Chapter 5
  • HMW6 [14Mar]: Problems 2,3,4,7,10,11 in Chapter 7
  • HMW7 [04Apr]: Problems 1 through 5 in Chapter 8
  • HMW8 [11Apr]: Problems 1 through 8 in Chapter 10
  • HMW9 [18Apr]: Problems 9,10,13,20(a-c),21,28,29, in Chapter 10 plus

    8) 4 y'' + 4 y' + 5 y = exp(-x) sin(2x)
    9) y'' - 2 y'- 3 y = 24 exp(-3x)
    10) x^2 y'' + 3 x y' -3 y = 0

    Solve all 3 problems with boundary conditions y(0)=1,y'(0)=0

  • HMW10 [25Apr]: Problems 1,2,3,4,5,8 in Chapter 11
  • HMW11 [02May]:
    Solve steady state temperature distribution insidea a cylinder of radius a for the following two cases
    1) Cylinder has height L, and T=0 at the bottom and at the walls, and T=100 at the top.
    2) Cylinder extends from z=0 to infinity, T=0 at walls, but T=rho sin(phi) at the bottom.

    Plus Problems 21,23,28(a and d only) in Chapter 11

    Lecture Notes

    [These are from Spring 2002, but I will follow them (not necessarily in the same order)]

    L1,L2,L3,L4,L5,L6,L7,L8,L9,L10,L11,L12,L13,L14,L15,L16,L17,L18,L19,L20

    Lecture Schedule (L# refers to notes above, #.# refers to sections in Book)

    Jan22[L1] Jan27[L3] Jan29[L6] Feb3[L7] Feb5[L8] Feb10[3.2-3] Feb12[L5]

    Feb19 [L4] Feb24 [4.4] Feb26[L9] Mar3[5.4-6] Mar5[L10] Mar10[L10-11] Mar12[review]

    Mar31[L11-L12] Apr2[L12] Apr7[L13] Apr9[L14-L15] Apr14[L15-L16] Apr16[L17]

    Apr21[L18] Apr23[L18-L19] Apr28[L19-L20] Apr30[L20] May5[review]

    Course Outline

  • Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus [4 weeks]
    - Linear Equations, Matrices, Determinants
    - Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, Tensors
    - Gradient, Divergence, Curl, Gauss and Stokes Theorems
    - Laplacian, Conservation Laws, Scale Analysis

  • Fourier Analysis, Complex Analysis [3 weeks]
    - Dirac Delta Function, Fourier Series
    - Fourier Transforms
    - Analytic Functions and Complex Integration

  • Differential Equations [6 weeks]
    - Ordinary Differential Equations
    - Green Functions, Normal Modes
    - Partial Differential Equations
    - Potential Theory, Perturbation Theory

    Other Recommended Textbooks

  • M.L. Boas, Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences , 1983, John Wiley & Sons
  • R. Snieder, A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences , 2001, Cambridge Univ. Press