Lecture hours:  MWF: 10:10 AM  11:00 AM  
Lecture room:  320 Gore  
Instructor:  Krzysztof Szalewicz, 121 Sharp, phone: 831 6579, szalewic@udel.edu  
Office hours:  MF, one hour after class  
Text:  Mathematical Methods for Physicists by G.B. Arfken and H.J. Weber,  
Academic Press, 2001 (fifth edition)  
Suppl. text:  Mathematica by S. Wolfram, Wolfram/Cambridge, 1996  
Other texts:  See list of books  
Prerequisites:  MATH302 (Ordinary Differential Equations)  
PHYS620 (Classical Mechanics II)  
Lecture plan:  Along Chapters 15 in ArfkenWeber.  
Exams: 


Homework:  A few problems (310) each week. Normally assigned on Friday,  
due the next Friday, returned by the following Friday.  
Grading: 




Beside an active participation in the lectures, the best method of learning is to solve as many problems as possible. The problems assigned as homework are a bare minimum. Make sure you solve all those problems yourself (although prior discusssions with me or fellow students are encouraged) rather than fish for somebody's else solutions. If you choose the latter, you will not be able to do well on exams which consist of problems very similar to homework problems. Although I put active learning (by solving problems and studying material as need for this purpose) first, systematic studying of texts should not be neglected. Do not restict yourself to ArfkenWeber but use other texts on the enclosed list. Some of those books should be available on reserve in the physics library. 20030918