Description of the Course
PHZ 3113 is an intermediate level course that addresses mathematical methods
commonly used in physics. It covers vector calculus, curvilinear coordinates,
linear algebra and linear transformations, Fourier series and Fourier
transformations, complex variables, and contour integration methods.
- Elementary University Physics (PHY 2048 and PHY 2049)
- Multivariable Calculus (MAC 2313)
- Differential Equations (MAP 2302)
- Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences
- K.F. Riley and M.P. Hobson
- Cambridge University Press
Grades will be based on the problem assignments and four exams as follows:
- Average of two best test scores -- 50%
- Second lowest test score -- 20%
- Lowest test score -- 10%
- Homework -- 20%
A passing grade (C or better) will require approximately (but not more than)
50% of the total points possible; an A grade will require approximately (but
not more than) 85% of the total points possible.
All tests must be taken on the scheduled date. Makeup tests will
not be given. If you miss a test for any reason, you will receive
a zero grade for that test.
Incompletes will be given only in the event of an emergency occurring
immediately prior to the date of the last test. To receive an incomplete,
a student must provide documentation to support the claim of an emergency.
Students who do not have a passing grade at the time of the last test will
not be given an incomplete under any circumstances. Incompletes
normally have to be made up within one month of the end of the semester.
Homework will consist of reading from the text and problem
assignments. It is generally advisable to carry out the reading
before the corresponding material is discussed in lecture. The problem
assignments can be downloaded and the due dates obtained on the
problem sets page. Late assignments will not be
accepted. While collaboration on homework assignments is allowed,
simply copying another student's solutions is not allowed and will
be considered cheating.