Syllabus for Physics 373 –Fall 2021


             (Check here frequently for important announcements related to the course)

Official Course Description: Title: Mathematical Methods for Physics II Credits: 3; Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD;
PHYS273 and 274 (or equivalent); Topics: This is a second course in mathematical methods for physics. Topics include Fourier Analysis; Power Series Solution of Differential Equations; Partial Differential Equations; Complex Analysis and (time permitting) Green’s Function Method Applied to Ordinary Differential Equations.


Instructor:         Professor Kaustubh Agashe                                   Phone: (301)-405-6018

                             Office (note different building than lecture!): Room 3118 of Physical Sciences Complex (PSC), e-mail:

                           Office Hours (note locations and days/times carefully): Tuesday 2.30-3.30 pm. in Rm. and Thursday 4.30-5.30 pm., both in Rm. 
                          3118 of PSC. It might be possible to have office hours by instructor at other times by appointment.


Teaching Assistants:

Deepak Sathyan [email:; office: Rm. 3129 of PSC; Phone: (901) 340-1055 (please use this only for

time-sensitive emergencies and text is preferred]: Office hours on Monday 2.00-3.00 pm. in Rm. 3129 of PSC


Ibukunoluwa Adisa (IBK) [email:; office: Rm. 2221 of Toll Building; Phone: (402) 913-7902 (please use this only for

time-sensitive emergencies and text is preferred)]: Office hour on Wednesday 12.00-1.00 pm. in Rm. 2221 of Toll Building.


It might be possible to have office hours by the TA’s at other times by appointment.


Lecture Time: 12.30-1:45 pm. on Tuesday and Thursday

Lecture Room: Room 1410 of Toll Physics Building

Required Textbook: Mathematical Methods in Physical Sciences by Boas

Recommended textbook: A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods by Snieder


Homework: The homework assignments (problem sets) will generally be assigned here on Tuesdays, and will be due the Friday of

the following week (to be upload onto ELMS). Late homework will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor (in particular, a valid documented excuse such a medical problem, religious holiday, or serious family crisis is required), but not after solutions have been handed out.


No homework will be dropped for any reason.  For full credit for any written homework or exam problem,

in addition to the correct answer, you must show the steps/justify your approach as much as possible.


Solutions to homework (and exams) will be posted here.


Exams: There will be 2 exams given during the lecture periods (1 hours 15 minutes in length). Both exams will contribute to the final grade for the course. Tentatively, these are scheduled for October 12 (Tuesday) and November 18 (Thursday). The final exam will be given during the standard exam period (1.30-3.30 pm. on Monday, December 20). You must take the final exam to pass the course. There will be no make-up for the exams, unless there is a strong documented excuse (medical problem, religious holiday, or serious family crisis).

Details such as which topics will be covered in each exam, whether crib sheets will be allowed etc. will be posted later.

Grade: The semester grade will be based on the homework, in-class exams and the final exam
with the following tentative weights: 2 in-class midterm exams: 25% each, homework: 15%, final exam: 35%




Attendance: Regular attendance and participation in this class is the best way to grasp the concepts and principles being discussed. Please try to attend every class and to read up the relevant chapter(s) of the textbook before coming to the class.


Some class notes will be posted here.


Academic Honesty: Note that, although you are encouraged to discuss homework with other students, any work you submit must be your own and should reflect your own understanding. In fact, the main way you will understand Physics (and thus do well on the exams) is by doing the homework (that too by yourself).


In addition, academic dishonesty, such as cheating on an exam or copying homework, is a serious offense which may result in suspension or expulsion from the University.


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"I pledge on my honor that I will not give or receive any unauthorized assistance (including

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(TENTATIVE) schedule of Physics 373 topics, exams, and holidays (more detailed schedule, for example, by chapter-sections, might be posted as part of the “announcements” here roughly at the beginning of each week; the homework assignments will also indicate this.)




Main Topics

Chapter in Boas


Aug. 31, Sept. 2

(I) Fourier Analysis



Sept.. 7, 9

(I) Fourier Analysis; Review of Linear Algebra (as needed)

7, (review from 3)


Sept.  14, 16

(II) Ordinary Differential Equations



Sept.  21, 23

(II) Ordinary Differential Equations, Power Series Solutions of Differential Equations

8, 12


Sept. 28, 30

(II) Power Series Solutions of Differential Equations



Oct., 5, 7

(II) Power Series Solutions of Differential Equations; Review of Special Functions (as needed)

12 (review from 11)


Tuesday, Oct. 12

Exam I

7, 8, parts of 12


Oct. 14

(III) Partial Differential Equations



Oct. 19, 21

(III) Partial Differential Equations



Oct. 26, 28

(III) Partial Differential Equations



Nov. 2, 4

(IV) Complex Analysis



Nov. 9, 11

(IV) Complex Analysis



Nov. 16

(IV) Complex Analysis



Thursday, Nov. 18

Exam II

parts of  12, 13, parts of 14


Nov. 23

(IV) Complex Analysis



Nov. 30, Dec. 2

(IV) Complex Analysis



Dec. 7

(IV) Complex Analysis



Dec. 9 (Thurs., usual lecture)

Final exam review



Dec. 20 (Mon.): 1.30-3.30 pm.


All of the above