Syllabus for Physics 701, Mathematical Methods
Instructor: Mark Hillery
Contact information: email - firstname.lastname@example.org ; telephone - 212 772 5253 ; office - 1215 North Building, Hunter College
Textbook: Mathematical Methods for Physicists by Hans Weber and George Arfken, 6th edition, Academic Press
Topics to be covered: functions of a complex variable, asymptotic evaluation of integrals, series solutions to differential equations, method of characteristics for solving partial differential equations, Hilbert spaces and linear operators on them, special functions (gamma function, Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials), Fourier and Laplace transforms, calculus of variations
Grading: Homework will be assigned but not graded. The course grade will be based on two in-class examinations and a final.