Mathematical Methods of Physics I
PHYS 6124
Fall semester 2010
 Course schedule
 ChaosBook.org/~predrag/courses/PHYS612410/schedule.html
 Place and times

Howey S106, TT 1:352:55pm
 Instructor
 Predrag Cvitanović
Office: Howey W501 (office hours: Tuesday 34pm)
Phone: (404) IT STINX
Email: predrag dot cvitanovic snail physics dot gatech dot edu
 TA
 Xunchi Chen
Office: B22A Boggs building (office hours: Wednesday 12:30 to 2:30)
Phone: 4043858642
Email: xcchen snail gatech dot edu
 Course description

The course provides an overview of complex variables, matrix theory, perturbation theory, integral transformations, ordinary and partial differential equations with applications to various physics problems.
 Discussion site (experimental)
 groups.google.com/group/gtchaoscourse/topics

suggestions by students and faculty
(feel free to add your comments at any time).
 Textbook

G. B. Arfken and H. J. Weber,
Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 6th Edition:
A Comprehensive Guide
(Academic Press, San Diego 2005), ISBN: 9780120598762.
Click here
to find online retailers who sell the book. New books can be purchased at
the Barnes and Noble or the Engineer's bookstore on Marietta street. This is the cover of the current edition; if your cover looks like this, you got the previous edition, with all problems renumbered. Tough luck.
 Other resources

M. Stone and P. Goldbart, Mathematics for Physics
(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004), offers a very engaging, physics focused
approach. A prepublication draft can be found here.

Roger Penrose, The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
(Knopf 2005), is an amazing and wonderfully engaging attempt to teach you the meaning
of all mathematical methods you will ever need.

M. Tinkham, Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics (McGrawHill, NY 1964)  nice book, worth owning.
 Questions

I have to skip next lecture?
Dog ate my homework?
What help aids can I take along?
How much programming needed?
Should I submit my code along with the
computational exercises?
 Teaching method

Two lectures
and a homework problem set per week.
 Grading

Homework assignments will be posted on the web every Thursday and will be due
next Thursday in class. You can discuss problems
with each other, but the solutions have to be executed and submitted individually. All students are expected to comply with
the academic honor code. There will
be no exams, your performance (pass/fail) will be assessed based on the homeworks, so
daytoday participation is very important.
 Start

Tuesday Aug 24 2010, 1:35 in Howey S106