Phys 3033: Analytical Methods
Fall 2016 Syllabus

1-1:50 pm MWF in MWAH 397

Instructor: Prof. Hiller
Assistant: Dr. Chabysheva

Office: 353 Marshall W. Alworth Hall (MWAH)
Hours: 11-11:50 am MWF and by appointment
Phone: 218-726-7594
Home page:

Text: J. Nearing Mathematical Tools for Physics.

Prerequisites: Phys 2021, Phys 2022, Math 3280, Math 3298.

Web page: See this page for reading and problem assignments.

Course outline:
Week Chapters Topics
1 2 Infinite series
2 1 Useful things
3 3 Complex numbers
4,5 4 Ordinary differential equations
Exam #1 1-4 Friday, September 30
6 5 Fourier series
7 6 Vector spaces
8-10 7 Operators, matrices, and eigenvalue problems
Exam #2 5-7 Friday, November 4
11 8 Multivariable calculus
12 9 Differential vector calculus
13 10 Partial differential equations
14 13 Integral vector calculus
15 15 Fourier transforms
Final Exam 12 noon, Monday, December 12

Homework: The outline for the semester indicates the chapter(s) to be read before class meetings for the coming week. Reading assignments that are more precise will be available from the web site on a weekly basis. Assignments of problems will be included with the reading assignments; these problems are intended to help you explore the material and gain practice. Solutions are not for credit but some problems may re-appear in class participation, quizzes, and exams.

Class participation: Participation is required. You are expected to be able to demonstrate your preparation for class by being able to answer questions. You will also be expected to work problems in class, either at the board or at your desk, primarily as part of a team; this work (unlike the quizzes!) will be open book, open notes, and open discussion with instructors and other students. If you are absent due to illness, you may obtain the participation point by submitting written work on the problems listed for consideration that day.

Quizzes In almost every week there will be a quiz, usually on Friday, to check your progress in studying the material. The quiz will be drawn from previously listed problems, reading assignments, lectures, and in-class activities. It will be closed book and closed notes, but necessary formulas will be provided. A calculator is permitted and may sometimes be useful. A snow day will postpone the quiz to the next class meeting.

Exams: There will be two midterms and a final. The final will concentrate on material covered after the second midterm but may include earlier topics. All exams will be closed book and closed notes. Useful formulas will be provided. Do bring a calculator, just in case. For the purposes of the exams, the content of the course is determined by the lectures, discussions, problems, and reading assignments.

Exam makeup policy: If an absence from an exam is anticipated, this should be discussed with the instructor in advance of the exam. An equivalent exam will be scheduled as soon as possible for those justifiably absent. Absence from an exam without prior notice must be due to uncontrollable circumstances (explained in writing) in order to be considered justifiable.

Determination of grades: Grades will be determined from four components as follows:
1. Quizzes 30%
2. Class participation 15%
3. Midterm exams 15% each
4. Final exam 25%
Letter grades will be assigned according to the following approximate scale:
A 70-100, B 55-70, C 40-55, D 30-40, F 0-30.
Plus and minus signs will be used. Quizzes and exams will be scored with this scale in mind; for example, a score of 7 for a 10-point problem can be interpreted as an A-.

Posting of grades: Grades will be posted on an electronic gradebook, which can be reached by a direct link from the course home page. Your e-mail ID and password will give you access to your entries.

A note on disabilities: Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation. To learn about the services that UMD provides to students with disabilities, contact Disability Resources, 258 Kirby Student Center, extension 6130.

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