Class schedule Physics 485/785 Fall 2010


Date 
Topic 
Reading 
Problems
Due
   
 from text
 Problems in bold are for 785 students only

Aug 24 Tu Introduction. Begin review of basics.
Vectors
1.1
LB Interlude I
Ch 1 P3, 10, 11, 13,  18, 35
Aug 31
Aug 26 Th Scalar and Vector Fields.  1.2

Aug 31 Tu  Curvilinear coordinates  1.3

Sep 2 Th  More on vectors and curvilinear coordinates 1.3-6 Ch1 p21, 24, 25c, 26a, 31b, 33 Sep 7
Sep 7 Tu Complex variables and their use in physics
LAST DAY TO DROP CLASSES
 2.1   
Sep 9 Th Complex functions. Branch cuts.
Calculus with complex variables.
2.2 Ch 2 P2, 6, 8a, 11, 14 
Circuit review
Sep 14
Sep 14 Tu Integration- Cauchy Theorem.
Complex Series
2.2 , 2.3

Sep 16 Th Complex Series
Use of complex variables in fluid flow.
 2.3  Ch2 P16b, 19, 21d, 22c,e (check errata for p19)
 Sep 21
Sep 21 Tu Poles and zeroes.
LAST DAY TO ADD CLASSES
2.4, 5

 
Sep 23 Th The Residue Theorem 2.6 ,7 Ch 2 P 23b, 24b,d,  28a,b Sep 28

Sep 28 Tu Residue theorem- applications
2.6,7
 

Sep 30 Th  Residue theorem- more.
Conformal mapping.
2.8 Ch 2  p 27a,c, 29a,d,  30a  Oct 5
Oct 5 Tu  The gamma function . Quick review of Differential eqns. 2.9 
Ch 3

 
Oct 7 Th Quick review of Differential eqns.
 - series soln.
Ch 3
Ch 2 p 31a, 32a,  39
Phys 485 only: 41a
 Oct 12
Oct 12 Tu  More on DEs, numerical methods Ch 1-2

 
Oct 14 Th  MID-TERM EXAM
Ch 3
 
 
Oct 19 Tu Fourier Series. Sine and cosine series. 4.1-3 Ch 3 P 8a, 14, 31  Oct 19
Oct 21 Th  Use of FS in physics.  Convergence.
Revised Example
4.4-5
Ch 3 p28 (Group project)  Start now!  Due Nov 9
Oct 26 Tu Laplace transforms.  5.1-5 Ch 4 P6, 10, 18  Oct 26
Oct 28 Th Tricks for inversion, Convolution 5.6, 7
 
Nov 2 Tu The Mellin Inversion integral. Examples.  5.7 Ch 4 P 19  Ch 5 P 1d, g, 5a
Phys 485 only: Ch5 1f
 Nov 2
Nov 4 Th  Delta functions  6.1,2,3
 
Nov 9 Tu  More rigorous math on delta fns.
6.3,4
Ch 5 P 6b, 8, 12, 16
Ch3 P 28
 Nov 9
Nov 11 Th Veterans' Day.  NO CLASS


 
Nov 16 Tu Sequences and series
Distributions in N dimensions
6.4,5,6
Ch 6 P 1b, 2, 5, 6b.
 Nov 16
Nov 18 Th Fourier transforms.

7.1,2,3


 
Nov 22-27
THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO CLASSES

   
Nov 30 Tu
Examples. Power spectra
Sine and Cosine transforms
7.4,5,6
7.7
Ch 6 P 15c, 20 Ch 7 P 1e,  7
In P 7, plot versus w/w0 not wT
 Nov 30
Dec 2 Th Sturm-Liouville Theory 8.1,2
 
Dec 7 Tu Spherical problems, Legendre functions 8.3
 
Dec 9 Th Spherical Harmonics; Bessel functions
Last class
 8.4 Ch 7 P 12, 15
Ch 8 P2(ii), 15a
 Dec 9
Dec 14 Tu
FINAL EXAMINATION
HANDED OUT
  If this schedule poses a hardship for you, you  
Dec 16 Th
Take-home Final Exam due 48 hrs after you received it. 
In class exam 1:30-4 pm
  must notify me by Nov 9.   

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