Intermediate Theoretical Methods(Phys 374)


Professor Xiangdong Ji
Office: 2102 Physics Building 
Phone: 301-405-7277


Time: TuTh, 2:00pm-3:15pm, Wed, 4:00pm-4:50pm, Phys Bldg, Rm 1402

Teaching Assistant:

Chien-Hung Lin
Office Hours: 3pm-5pm Monday
Office: Physics Building 3101
Phone: 3016488039


A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences, by Roel Snieder, Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 0-521-83492-9

Recommended references: Essential Mathematical Methods for Physicists,
Weber and Arfken, Elsvier Academic Press


There will be weekly homework assignments.

Note that although you are encouraged to discuss homework and class material with other students, any work you submit must be your own and should reflect your own understanding. 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. Details on the policy can be found at .


There will be two 1h15m long exams during the semester and a final (2h). The first exam is tentatively scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 25 and the second on Thursday, April 8. All exams are closed-book.  Missing exam: If you miss exams, other exams are counted with higher percentage. You must have a valid, written excuse for missing an exam acceptable by the university. Present this excuse to the Proffessor and not the TAs ASAP.


Your total numerical score for the course will be computed by summing your scores on the final exam, the two midterms (out of three), the homework (electronic and written) and the lab with the following weight:

Final exam: 30%
Two midterm exams (20 % each): 40%
Homework: 30%

Office Hours:

My official office hours will be 3:15-4:00pm TueThu. However, you can come to my office and ask questions at any time if I am in and not busy.