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Mathematical Methods of Physics I
PHYS 6124     Fall semester 2011

Course schedule
Place and times
Howey S106, TT 12:05-1:25pm
Predrag Cvitanović      (there is no TA for the course)
Office: Howey W501 (office hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm)
Phone: (404) IT STINX
E-mail: predrag dot cvitanovic snail physics dot 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.
Introductory notes - Prerequisites - Course syllabus
M. Stone and P. Goldbart, Mathematics for Physics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004), ISBN: 9780521854030, offers a very engaging, physics focused approach. Get this book. 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.
Teaching method
Two lectures and a homework problem set per week.
Homework assignments will be posted on the web every Tuesday and will be due next Tuesday in class. Problem sets are looong, do as much as you can without overdoing it. Solutions will be posted on t-square resources. 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 day-to-day participation is very important.

If you need a letter grade, arrange that thrrough your graduate coordinator and let me know.
I have to skip next lecture? Dog ate my homework?  Where are the solution sets? What help aids can I take along?  How much programming needed?  Should I submit my code along with the computational exercises? 
Other resources
G. B. Arfken and H. J. Weber, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 6th Edition: A Comprehensive Guide (Academic Press, San Diego 2005), ISBN: 9780120598762.

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.

Introductory notes - Course syllabus - Prerequisites
Paul Goldbart's list of mathematical methods references
Discussion site (experimental)
suggestions by students and faculty (feel free to add your comments at any time).
Tuesday Aug 23 2011, 12:05 in Howey S106