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Syllabus for Math 3C03 (Mathematical Physics I)

Term1, 2013/14 The following is a tentative syllabus for the course. This page will be updated regularly. The chapters and sections refer to the text book "Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering" by K.F. Riley, M.P. Hobson & S.J. Bence.

Week 05/09 to 06/09

Sections in Text Sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7

Suggested Homework (not to be handed in) 8.19 Exercises: 8.1, 8.3, 8.4, 8.7, 8.9

09/09 to 13/09

Chapters 8 and 9

8.19 Exercises: 8.10, 8.12, 8.19, 8.20, 8.22, 8.26, 8.31, 8.38, 8.39, 8.42

Chapters 12 and 13.1 16/09 to 20/09 ( and 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 for a
quick review of complex numbers)

9.4 Exercises: 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.10 12.9 Exercises: 12.4, 12.5, 12.6, 12.8, 12.13, 12.14, 12.15, 12.16, 12.19, 12.20, 12.22, 12.23, 12.24 13.4 Exercises: 13.1, 13.4, 13.5, 13.8, 13.9, 13.10, 13.11, 13.12, 13.18, 13.21, 13.23

23/09 to 27/09

Chapters 13, 14 and 15

14.4 Exercises: 14.2, 14.3, 14.7, 14.8, 14.12, 14.13, 14.18, 14.22, 14.25 15.4 Exercises: 15.5, 15.8, 15.10, 15.12, 15.14, 15.29, 15.30, 15.31

30/09 to 04/10

Chapters 16

16.6 Exercises: 16.1, 16.2, 16.5, 16.7, 16.9, 16.10, 16.14, 16.15

07/10 to 11/10

14/10 to 18/10

18.13 Exercises: 18.2, 18.3, 18.4, 18.5, 18.6

This week we will continue Chapter 18 on special functions by discussing Legendre functions, Legendre polynomials, spherical harmonics, Hermite and Laguerre polynomials. On Thursday, I will introduce you to the most important PDE's in Mathematical Physics: Laplace, Poisson, Heat (Diffusion), Wave and the Schrdinger equation. This week's lectures will be more on special functions: Chebyshev, Bessel, Gamma, Beta functions, but we will start solving important PDE's: Laplace, Poisson, Heat (Diffusion), Wave and the Schrdinger equations Assignment #3 is due this week at the begiining of the lecture on Thursday.

Sections 18.5, 18.6, 18.11, 18.12 from Chapter 18 21/10 to 25/10 and Sections 21.1 from Chapter 21

28/10 to 30/10

Sections 21.2, 21.3, 21.4, 21.5 from Chapter 21

21.6 Exercises: 21.2, 21.3, 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, 21.9, 21.10, 21.12, 21.13, 21.14, 21.15, 21.18, 21.19, 21.20, 21.21, 21.22

This week I will continue Chapter 21, the key chapter for this course, by explaining the separation of variables (in Cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates) method to solve the most important PDE's in two and three dimensions. This week, I will do a number of important examples from Chapter 21. The use of the Fourier transform and Green's functions for the inhomogeneous case will be explained. On Thursday I will briefly go through the relevant sections in Chapter 20 (we will come back to Chapter 19 later!) and discuss general properties of P.D.E's, although I wouldn't be emphasizing the general theory very much. Assignment #4 is due this week at the beginning of the lecture on Thursday TEST #2 will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12th from 19:00 to 20:00 (TENTATIVE DATE). The test will cover the material from Chapters 17, 18, 20 and 21. On Monday and Tuesday, I will go through Chapter 19, which is basically an algebraic description of basic Quantum Mechanics, including the quantum harmonic oscillator. On Thursday, I will explain angular momentum and the Lie algebra of the rotation group. On Monday and Tuesday, I will discuss variational principles and integral equations. On Thursday, I will discuss the solution of the Schrdinger equation for the hydrogen atom. Assignment #5 is due this week at the beginning of the lecture on Thursday I will tie up some loose threads and review the material to prepare you for the Final Examination

04/11 to 08/11

21.4, 21.5 from Chapter 21 21.6 Exercises: 21.23, 21.24, 21.25, 21.26, 21.27, 21.28 and Chapter 20 20.8 Exercises: 20.16, 20.17, 20.18

11/11 to 15/11

Chapter 19

18/11 to 22/11

26/11 to 04/12

REVIEW