Office hours: MWF: 3:30-4:30 and by appointment
Office: APM 5256, tel. 534-2734Course material: Calculus of variations: Euler-Lagrange equations, Noether's theorem. Fourier analysis of functions and distributions in several variables. Partial differential equations: Laplace, wave, and heat equations; fundamental solutions (Green's functions); well-posed problems. We shall use the book `Mathematics of classical and quantum physics' by F.W. Byron and R.W. Fuller, at least at the beginning of the course. Here you can find notes on Fourier transforms:
Lindblad notes on Fourier transform
Computation of grade: Final: 40% Homeworks: 60%
Homeworks to be turned in on: 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27
Date of final: 6/6, 3-6pm
Homework assignments Homeworks need to be turned in on or before the listed day. Selected problems of the assignment will be graded. Here is homework assignment number 3.
Disclaimer: I will try to get the homework assignment on the net in time. Due to time and other limitations, this may not always be possible. The fact that there is no assignment posted for a particular date does therefore NOT necessarily mean that no homework is due.
CHANGE OF CLASS ROOM FOR FRIDAY, MAY 20: DUE TO QUALIFYING EXAMS, THE CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CALCULUS LAB APM 2402.
for 4/15 : p80: 2 + problems on handout. Hint for problem 4(a): You may assume that the force acted by Earth on a particle of mass m and distance s < R (= radius of Earth) is equal to mgs/R. Use this to calculate the potential energy at disctance r.