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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

Comments The first lecture was introductory. Click here for my synopsis of basic linear algebra, that you need to know. Please read it carefully. This week, I reviewed basic facts about linear algebra: vector spaces (over the real and complex numbers), linear maps, rank and nullity, matrices, Gaussian elimination, determinants, inner product spaces (both real and complex), orthogonal and unitary transformations, base change, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonalisation of matrices (one of the most crucial aspects of linear algebra!), decompositions such as LU, QR, SVD, etc. The material corresponds to Chapter 8 in the textbook. I also discussed normal modes of oscillatory systems, which is an application of eigenvalue problems to physics. This is in Chapter 9 in the textbook. On Monday, I will finish Chapter 9 on normal modes. The rest of the week will be about Fourier Series, Fourier Transform and the Laplace Transform This corresponds to Chapters 12 and 13 in the textbook. (you should also have a look at 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 for a quick review of complex numbers) Click here for my short notes about Fourier Series that you need to know and here for a the basic properties of the Fourier Transform. Assignment #1 is due this week on Thursday at the beginning of the lecture period. Monday and Tuesday will be about applications of the Fourier Transform and the Laplace Transform. This corresponds to Chapter 13 in the textbook. On Thursday, I will give a quick review of what you should know about O.D.E's (most of it you must have seen in a second year course). We will concentrate on the type of ODE's that are relevant for the subsequent sections of this course. The material corresponds to Chapters 14 and 15 in the textbook. This week's lectures will be on series solutions of ODE's The material corresponds to Chapter 16 in the textbook. Instead of talking too much about the abstract theory, I will concentrate on solving explicit equations such as the Legendre, Hermite and Bessel equations. The Gamma function will also be introduced (needed to define Bessel functions!). Assignment #2 is due on Thursday at the beginning of the lecture period. This week I will explain the algebraic properties and eigenvalue problems for linear second order ordinary differential operators (Sturm-Liouville type) acting on function spaces. (Chapter 17 in the textbook) On Thursday, I will begin the discussion about Legendre polynomials and special functions (Chapter 18). TEST #1 will be held (tentatively) on Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 19:00 to 20:00. The test will cover the material from Chapters 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 and what I did in my lectures up to and including the lecture on Tuesday, October 8th.

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