intermediate theoretical methods

- instructor: alessandra buonanno
- class room: phys 1204

- lecture days: tuesday & thursday: 11:00am -
11:50am/12:00pm - 12:50pm

- first day of class: september 3

- last day of class: december 12

- office room: 4212

- e-mail: buonanno@umd.edu
- phone: (301) 405 1440

- office hours: monday 1:00 pm-2:00pm or after classes

- grader: changhun lee

- office room: 4208

- e-mail: changhun@umd.edu

- office hours: wednesday 3:00pm-4:00pm

recommended textbook: "mathematical methods in the physical sciences" by m. boas

grading

the course grade will be based on the homeworks (25%), mid exams (45%) and final exam (30%).

the homeworks will be typically assigned on a weekly basis.

- late homeworks are accepted only under serious circumstances (to be discussed before due day).
- you are encouraged to discuss homeworks with other
students, however the work you turn in should be your own
formulation and reflection.

- use of previous solutions is not allowed (violation of
this rule is cause for failure of the course). students will
be asked to sign a note
at the beginning of the course.

- homework sets must show reasoning leading to the final
answers in a clear and readable fashion to obtain credit.

- please, include your name, write clearly and staple the
pages together.

academic integrity

the university has approved a code of academic integrity available on the web. the code

prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper

for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent

documents, and forging signatures. the university senate requires that students include

the following signed statement on each examination or assignment: “i pledge on my

honor that i have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination

(or assignment).” compliance with the code is administered by a student honor council,

which strives to promote a “community of trust” on the college park campus. allegations

of academic dishonesty can be reported directly to the honor council (314-9154) by any

member of the campus community.

course description

Tentative course plan - will be adjusted during semester.

summary note on complex numbers and complex calculus

date | tuesday |
thursday |

sep 3 & 5 |
dimensional analysis (chap 2) |
power series &
approximations (chap 3) |

sep 10 & 12 |
power series &
approximations (chap 3 & 23.1, 23.4, 23.7) |
power series &
approximations (chap 3 & 23.1, 23.4, 23.7) |

sep 17 & 19 | perturbation theory(chap 23.1, 23.4, 23.7) |
1d calculus(chap 4) |

sep 24 & 26 | vector calculus(chap 5) |
vector calculus(chap 5 & 6) |

oct 1 & 3 |
vector calculus(chap 7 & 8) |
vector calculus (chap 9) |

oct 8 &10 |
vector calculus & review ( chap 9) |
mid-term exam |

oct 15 & 17 | vector calculus ( chap 10) |
vector calculus ( chap 11) |

oct 22 & 24 | complex numbers & complex
analysis(chap 16) |
complex numbers & complex
analysis(chap 17) |

oct 29 & 31 | complex analysis(chap 16 & 17) |
complex analysis (chap 17) |

nov 5 & 7 | complex analysis(chap 17) |
complex analysis(chap 17) |

nov 12 &14 |
dirac delta function(chap 14) |
fourier analysis & review
(chap 15) |

nov 19 & 21 | mid-term exam |
fourier analysis(chap 15) |

nov 26 | fourier analysis (chap 15) |
thanksgiving holiday |

dec 3 & 5 | normal modes(chap 13) |
normal modes(chap 13,20) |

dec 10 & 12 | Green functions(chap 18) |
review |

dec 16 | final exam (monday 8:00am!) |

homeworks/ exams |
solutions |

hw1 |
shw1 |

hw2 |
shw2 |

hw3 |
shw3 |

hw4 | shw4 |

mid-ex1 |
smid-ex1 |

hw5 | shw5 |

hw6 |
shw6 |

hw7 |
shw7 |

hw8 |
shw8 |

mid-ex2 |
smid-ex2 |

shw9 | shw9 |

hw10 | shw10 fourier |

hw11 | shw11 |

mid-ex3 |
smid-ex3 |

questions and comments may be sent to buonanno@umd.edu

last modified on 12/7/2013