Mathematical Methods of Physics I
PHYS 6124
Fall Semester 2014
 Course schedule
 ChaosBook.org/~predrag/courses/PHYS612414/schedule.html
 Place and times

Howey N210, T Th 9:3510:55 am
 Start

Tuesday Aug 21 2014, Howey N210, 9:3510:55 am
 Instructor
 Predrag Cvitanović
Office: Howey W501 (office hours: Tuesday 1:302:30pm)
Phone: 404 487 8469
Email: predrag dot cvitanovic snail physics dot gatech dot edu
 TA

Kimberly Y. Short
Office: Howey W508 (office hours: Wednesday, 11:00 AM  1:00 PM)
Phone: 404 819 5304
Email: kyshort 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.

Prerequisites
 Teaching method

Two lectures
and a homework problem set per week.
 Grading

Homework assignments will be posted on the web every Tuesday and will be due
next Tuesday at 3pm, Academic Office Howey W111, c/o Kevin Carter.
Solutions will be posted on tsquare resources. You can discuss problems
with each other, but the solutions have to be executed and submitted individually.
There will
be no exams, your performance (pass/fail) will be assessed based on the homeworks, so
daytoday participation is very important.

If you need a letter grade,
arrange that through your graduate coordinator and let me know.
 Resources

There is no assigned textbook for the course. A few references we have
consulted:

M. Stone and P. Goldbart, Mathematics for Physics
(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004) offers a very engaging, physics focused
approach. Get this book:)

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.

Paul Goldbart's list of mathematical methods references
 Questions

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?
 Discussion site (experimental)
 groups.google.com/group/gtchaoscourse/topics

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