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Physics 485 -- Methods of Mathematical Physics -- Spring 2003
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**Instructor:**
Associate Professor S. Martin

Office: Faraday West 214

Phone: (815) 753-6467

email: spmartin@niu.edu

Office hours: M,T,W 10:45-11:45, or whenever you can find me.
You will usually not be able to find me on Thursday afternoons.

**Class meetings:**
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30-10:45, Faraday West 227.

**Textbook:**
There is no official required textbook for this class.
However, I strongly recommend you obtain one of the following:

"Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences" by
M.L. Boas,
2nd edition, Wiley, ISBN 0471044091.

Pros: Much more clearly written and logically organized than
Arfken+Weber.
Students often find the examples easier to follow.

Cons: Not nearly as complete as Arfken+Weber. Does not have a
few of the topics we will cover.

"Mathematical Methods for Physicists" by G.B. Arfken and H. Weber, 5th
edition, Harcourt/Academic Press, ISBN 0120598256.

Pros: Much more complete than Boas. A useful reference
for work outside of our course. Some copies are available in the
bookstore.

Cons: Organized in a way that is sometimes confusing. Examples are
sometimes lacking.

**Syllabus:** in
pdf form.

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Homework #1 assignment (due Thursday, January 23, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #2 assignment (due Thursday, January 30, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #3 assignment (due Thursday, February 6, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #4 assignment (due Thursday, February 13, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #5 assignment (due Thursday, February 20, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #6 assignment (due Thursday, February 27, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #7 assignment (due Tuesday, March 18, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Take-home Midterm (due Tuesday, March 25, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #8 assignment (due Tuesday, April 8, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #9 assignment (due Thursday, April 17, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #10 assignment (due Thursday, April 24, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Homework #11 assignment (due Thursday, May 1, 2003) in
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pdf form.

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Final Exam (due Thursday, May 8, 2003) in
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pdf form.