Fall 2019  PHYS 384 D100
Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3)
Class Number: 1210
Delivery Method: In Person
Overview

Course Times + Location:
Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby 
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 10, 2019
Tue, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Burnaby

Instructor:
Malcolm Kennett
malcolmk@sfu.ca
1 778 7824826

Prerequisites:
MATH 252 or 254; MATH 310; PHYS 255 or ENSC 320, with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: PHYS 211.
Description
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:
Applications of mathematical methods in physics, differential equations of physics, eigenvalue problems, solutions to wave equations. Quantitative.
COURSE DETAILS:
 One dimensional scalar fields, initial and boundary value problems, vibrating strings, infinite strings, energy flow, damped and forced oscillations, Green's Function technique in 1dimension, Dirac δ function.
 Two dimensional scalar fields, rectangular, circular and wedge shaped membranes, normal modes, temperature distributions in a circular annulus, introduction to Bessel functions.
 Three dimensional scalar and vector fields of physics, propagation of electromagnetic and sound waves, heat flow, neutron diffusion, temperature distribution in a solid sphere, spherical Bessel functions and spherical harmonics, expansion of plane waves, Green's function techniques in three dimensions.
 Problems of mathematical physics with continuous spectra, integral transform techniques, wave packets, vibrations of infinite and semiinfinite membranes.
 Applications of complex variables, contour integrals, dispersion relations, steepest descent.
 Calculus of variations
Grading
 Problem Sets 40%
 Midterm 15%
 Final exam 45%
Materials
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Recommended Text:
SFU Course pack: Mathematical Physics
Author: Butkov
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
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