Physics 105a. Fall 2017

Professor: Ken Intriligator, Mayer Hall 5234. Office hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30, and by appointment

TAs: Caleb Choban, Chuncheong Lam, David Moore, Zackary Rehfuss, +Daniel Ben-Zion (part time).

Contact info

The final will be in the same room as where you took your midterm. Open access to the class TED site, the book, and this website. All HW solutions are on the TED site. Good luck on your finals!

Text: Numerical and Analytical Methods for Scientists and Engineers using Mathematica, by UCSD Professor D. Dubin (Wiley, New York, 2003)

Course Times :TuTh 9:30am-10:50am, YORK 2622.

Midterm: Thursday Nov 2, in lecture.

Final: Thursday December 14, 8:00am-11:00am.

Homework: Turn it in to your lab TA. Late assignments are docked 10% per day for up to two days, after which they will not be graded. Your assignments and your exams need to be your own work. See here for academic integrity rules and the sanctions for violations: Academic Integrity office.

Grading: Homework: 35%, Midterm: 25%, Final 40%. Expected cutoffs: 80% for A, 42% for C-, with other cutoffs based on the curve.

Syllabus: As posted on this website. Also, here is the syllabus from 2016 (we will closely follow it).

Website on TED: The main website for the course will be posted on TED. Check there often.

Random, fun links: 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics , Wolfram on complex analysis and residues, Wikipedia page on residues , some more examples of residues, Cauchy's integral theorem , Cauchy Riemann equations . Video about complex analysis and the zeta function, Bohemian Gravity (a small advertisement for my physics 137 class in the Spring), How to get Mathematica.

lecture topic Homework
9/28 Pep talk       Introduction   HW 1        
10/3 Some complex analysis, etc.          
10/5 Complex analysis, a few integrals, differential equations.   HW 2        
10/10 Complex applications: integrals and differential equations.          
10/12 Complex applications: sums. Start ch 1 of Dubin.   HW 3        
10/17 More on differential equations. Ch 1 of Dubin.          
10/19 Finish Ch 1 of Dubin.   HW 4        
10/24 Fourier transforms. Dubin Ch 2.          
10/26 More Fourier series examples and applications.          
10/31 Finish Fourier Series, start Fourier Integrals          
11/2 Midterm          
11/7 Fourier transforms, cont.   HW 5        
11/9 Fourier transforms, cont. + Green's functions   HW6        
11/14 Fourier cont. + Green's functions          
11/16 Green's functions cont, start PDEs with strings          
11/21 Start PDEs with strings, separation of variables   HW 7        
11/28 PDEs and separation of variables   HW 8        
11/30 PDEs cont          
12/5 PDEs cont          
12/7 Laplace, heat, and wave equation solutions in 2d and 3d