This web-page contains links to documents such as handouts and other useful stuff. These files are now only in PDF (.pdf) format.Syllabus Outline
The course covers four related areas:
Homework SetsThere are 11 weekly homework sets (0-10) that will count towards the final grade, and one end-of-term set of optional problems. Your solutions sets must be deposited in the Phys 508 box before 5pm on the due date, which will (with the exception of Hw0 because of labor day holiday) always be a Monday.
Homework number 0, due Tuesday Sept 4th.
Homework number 1, due Monday Sept 10th.
Homework number 2, due Monday Sept 17th.
Homework number 3, due Monday Oct 1st.
Homework number 4, due Monday Oct 15th.
Homework number 5, due Monday Oct 22nd.
Homework number 6, due Monday Oct 29th.
Homework number 7, due Friday Nov 16th. (early, so as to avoid the Thanksgiving break)
Homework number 8, due Monday Dec 3rd.
Homework number 9, due Monday Dec 10th.
Homework number 10, Do not hand in. One problem will appear on Final Exam.
Homework number 11, Further optional problems.
The midterm will be in class on Nov 5th. It will cover everything up to the end of chapter 5.
The final exmination will be held in our regular classroom from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday December 19th 2012. .
Some old exams for you to review:Midterm Exam, Fall 2002
I recommend (but do not require) that you purchase Mathematics for Physics: A guided tour for graduate students by myself and Paul Goldbart. (Cambridge University Press 2009). The list price is $90, but Amazon has it for $74 (+shipping). I do not yet know what the UI bookstore is selling it for. This book is an expanded version of the lecture notes for both PHYS 508 and PHYS 509. Here is a list of typos and outright errors that readers have found in the printed text.
As a cheaper alternative you can buy Mathematics for Physicists by Phillipe Dennery and Andre Krzywicki (Dover Pulications, $12.95) as an alternative textbook. It covers a fair bit of the material in this course, and will be useful for the complex-variable part of PHYS 509.
A set of online lecture notes is still available for download, but, now that the book is published, I am no longer maintaining them, so typos are not being corrected.
Grades and Gradebook
Your grade in the course will be determined as from your total scores weighted as follows: Homework 50%, Midterm exam 20%, Final Exam 30%.
Cultural Enrichment LinksSome of the material in the course is supposed to introduce you to the wider culture of mathematical physics and its applications in the real world. Here are links relating to some of the topics discussed:
Office: 2117 ESB.
My office hour is Moday 8-9am, outside 2117 ESB (Tuesday 8-9am on September 4th) .