Times: M.........11:00am-11:50am (PHY 1201), TuTh......11:00am-12:15pm (PHY 1201)
Adil Hassam firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: I will be available
after class for questions. In general, I encourage you to use
email for any questions you
have; I will respond to email fairly quickly. We can then set up follow-up appointments as needed. I will also
be sending email to the entire class for any clarifications, etc. Please make sure you are receiving email from me.
No one text will be followed. Weber/Arfken, ESSENTIAL
is recommended as a general text. Class notes are posted at
SINCE THERE IS NO TEXT, IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU ATTEND THE LECTURES.
The following texts are for supplementary reading:
- Baierlein Newtonian Dynamics
- Griffiths Introduction to Electromagnetism
- Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
- Weber/Arfken Essential Math Methods for Physicists
- Boas Math Methods in Physical Sciences
- Wolfram Mathematica
- Tam Physicist's Guide to Mathematica
- Sneider Mathematical Methods ...
Approach: We will concentrate on the
essential physics of the first 3 texts listed above.
We will assess what math methods are required for mastering this physics and
develop a working knowledge of these methods. Mathematica (or Matlab, etc)
will be used where appropriate. Some math methods introduced are:
ODE's, coordinate systems, vector analysis, PDE's,
function spaces, approximation methods, coordinate transformations, symmetry, relativity.
Grading: (Tentative) There will be 2 Midterms and a
Final, and regular homework.
All will count towards the grade.
The breakdown will be roughly as follows: Midterms 45% , HW 25%, Final 30%.