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PHYS 5714, FALL 2018

Welcome to the web page for the course "Methods of Theoretical Physics". This course deals with advanced mathematics and its application to problem-solving.


Classes start on Monday August 20, 2018.

The place-out exam will be Sunday August 19 (the day before classes start), from 2 pm - 5 pm, in Robeson 304. Everyone is welcome to attempt the place-out test; there are no consequences if you do not pass the test (aside from being required to take the class). In principle, it will cover (a) vector calculus identities such as Green's theorem, Stoke's theorem, and the divergence theorem, (b) linear algebra, and (c) complex analysis and contour integration.

Bring a pen or pencil to write with, but that's all you should need.

That all said, email me if you want to take the placement test. That way, should anything come up and the test need to be rescheduled, I'll be able to alert you.

Office hours will be Mon, Wed, 1-2:30 pm.

For complex analysis, we will use George Cain's text Complex analysis, available here. (Please do not try to print out the entire text -- if many people in the class do so, it'll use up the department's printer paper and toner.)

There will be *no* class meeting on Wednesday December 5 (because of the presentations). The last class meeting will be on Mon Dec 3.

The final exam will be Friday December 7, from 1:05 - 3:05 pm, in our usual classroom.



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