**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).
**Lectures:**- TuTh 3:30 PM -- 4:45 PM in M407, Math Building
**Computer Lab:**- Physics Computer Lab P122, time to be arranged
**Course Webpage:**`http://www.phys.uconn.edu/phys2400/`**Instructor:**- Michael Rozman
email: rozman@phys.uconn.edu 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
email: zimmerman@phys.uconn.edu 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 **Textbook:**-
- Mary L. Boas,
*Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences*, 3rd edition, Wiley, 2005

- Mary L. Boas,
**Other books (worth knowing/owning):**-
- J. Mathews and R. L. Walker,
*Mathematical Methods of Physics*, 2nd edition, Benjamin, 1970 - G. Arfken and H. Weber,
*Mathematical Methods for Physicists*, 6th edition, Academic Press, 2005 - K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson, S. J. Bence,
*Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering*, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2006

- J. Mathews and R. L. Walker,
**Communications:**- Email to rozman@phys.uconn.edu 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''. **Homework:**- Weekly homework assignments
Some reminders about the minimum requirements for acceptable written assignments:

- Use letter-size paper. Use only one side of each sheet.
- Put your name and the assignment number on the top of each page.
- Staple your sheets together. (i.e. no paper clips, torn or folded corners)
- Assignments that are hard to understand are also hard to grade properly, therefore: (a) use words and pictures to supplement your equations; (b) work must progress linearly down the page - recopy solutions that are too nonlinear.
- your answers.

**Honors conversion:**- Students interested in honors conversion
should contact the instructor during
*the first week of classes*. **Exams:**- Two lecture-hour midterm exams and a
*cumulative*final exam **Course project:**- Hand in one of the homework assignment written
in L
^{A}TEX. (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%