Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences

Course Description:
Physics 2400 (Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences) provides an overview of operator algebra, complex analysis, integral transformations, ordinary and partial differential equations, asymptotic expansions, and special functions with applications to various physics problems. The course introduces Computer Algebra Systems (as analytic calculators) - mathematica, maple, maxima, matlab, and sympy, and encourages the use computerized typesetting (as used by physicists and mathematicians for professional publications).
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 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM in M407, and/or by appointment
Course Assistant:
Sanka Piyadasa
office:P210, Physics Building
office hours:TBA
Other books (worth knowing/owning):
talking in person is the preferred method to contact the instructor. If this is not feasible, email to is the next option.
Weekly homework assignments

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.

Some reminders about minimum requirements for acceptable written assignments:

Highly recommended: make copies of homework assignments for your own files. (A copy machine is in the main physics office. It is available for you for free.)

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:
will be assigned individually as a partial or full replacement of the final exam
Use of LATEX
is strongly encouraged. Extra points will be assigned for homework prepared in LATEX
Grading scheme:

The course grade will be calculated using the following scheme.

Final exam20%

This document was translated from LATEX by HEVEA.