Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences

Course Description:
Physics 2400 (Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences) provides an overview of complex variables, matrix theory, vector and tensor analysis, variational calculus, integral transformations, ordinary and partial differential equations, special functions with applications to various physics problems. The course introduces computerized typesetting (as used by physicists and mathematicians for professional publications) and Computer Algebra Systems (as analytic calculators).

TuTh 3:30 PM -- 4:45 PM in M407, Math Building

Computer Lab:
Physics Computer Lab P122, time to be arranged

Course Webpage:

Michael Rozman

phone: 860 486 5827
office: P327, Physics Building
office hours: TuTh 2:00PM to 3:30 PM in P322, and/or by appointment

Course Assistant:
William Zimmerman

office: P211, Physics Building
office hours: Tu 12:30PM to 1:30 PM in P211, and/or by appointment; appointments are possible Mon, Tue, and Fri
computer help: if there are questions about Mathematica that would be best answered by example, then office hours can be moved to P122, Physics Computer Lab


Other books (worth knowing/owning):

Email to is the preferred method to contact the instructor. Please include the tag ``[phys2400]'' (without quotes, no spaces) in the subject of your email, e.g. ``[phys2400] midterm II retake''.

Weekly homework assignments

Some reminders about the minimum requirements for acceptable written assignments:

Honors conversion:
Students interested in honors conversion should contact the instructor during the first week of classes.

Two lecture-hour midterm exams and a cumulative final exam

Course project:
Hand in one of the homework assignment written in LATEX. (Not required for non-physics/mathematics/engineering students.)

Grading scheme:

The course grade will be calculated using the following scheme.

Homework 40%
Project 10%
Midterms 30%
Final exam 20%