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Physics 129 A: Mathematical Methods of Physics

    Instructor: Hirosi Ooguri
  Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:25 am at 107 Downs
  Office Hours: Tuesdays, 14:00 - 15:00 at 452 Lauritsen
     
  Teaching Assistant: Jimmy Huang
  TA Office Hours: Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:00 at 453 Lauritsen
  Homework Return 453 Lauritsen, jimmy_at_caltech.edu, or by appointment
  • Letter Grades: 50% homework, 20% midterm exam, 30% final exam
  • Homework is assigned on every Thursday, due on Thursday of the following week.
  • No class meetings on: October 18 and November 29.
  • Makeup class meeting at 12:00 -13:00 on October 30 and November 20 at 107 Downs.
  • Midterm examination week: November 1 - 6
  • Study period + final examination: December 8 - 14 

Textbook:

  • George Arfken, Hans Weber, and Frank Harris, "Mathematical Methods for Physicists," Elsevier.

Recommended books (not required):

  • Lars Ahlfors, "Complex Analysis," McGraw-Hill.
  • Richard Courant and David Hilbert, "Methods of Mathematical Physics," Wiley-VCH.
  • E. T. Whittaker and G. N. Watson, "A Course of Modern Analysis," Cambridge University Press.
  • There are excellent on-line resources such as WolframAlpha.

We will cover:

  • Complex Analysis
  • Special Functions
  • Linear Differential Equations (ordinary and partial)
  • Integral Transforms
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations

Lecture Notes: Lecture Notes (updated on Oct 8, 2018)

Homework Problem Sets (assigned on every other classs, due in one week):

  • Homework 1, assigned on October  4, due on October 11
  • Homework 2, assigned on October 11, due on October 18
  • Homework 3, assigned on October 18, due on October 25