Mathematical Methods of Physics

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode NAMM-12
Vaknaam Mathematical Methods of Physics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Mathematical Methods of Physics
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1.use advanced mathematical methods and concepts that are necessary for research in physics and related fields.
2.identify the ingredients and concepts that enter advanced mathematical physics calculations.
3.perform concrete calculations by using exact methods and various approximation schemes.
4.judge the applicability of the various methods.
Omschrijving The course addresses advanced topics in mathematical physics that connect to physics research. Every week the students have to hand in their solutions of more-or-less advanced problems, which are to be solved after the corresponding lectures and additional self-study of the pertinent topics. Topics to be covered include aspects of complex analysis, in particular integration and the steepest descent method, asymptotic expansions, various integral transforms, distributions and Green's functions, calculus of variations, and special functions. The level of mathematical rigor will reflect the practice in physics. The students have to solve problems that are partly drawn from physics research.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC: 28 hours, T: 14 hours, ASM: 49, Self study: 49 hours.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P)
(Final grade: Presentation (12,5%), AST (87,5%).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. D. Boer
Docent(en) R. Klein, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
ook (chapters)
Mathematical Methods of Physics
Jon Mathews and Robert L. Walker
Book (chapters)
Mathematical Methods for Physicists - 7th Edition (or 6th Edition)
George Arfken, Hans Weber, Frank E. Harris
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from the standard physics and mathematics courses of the Bachelor Physics curriculum.

The course unit is compulsory for the Master Physics (specializations Advanced Materials and Quantum Universe) and is an elective in the Master Applied Physics and the Master Astronomy.
Opmerkingen The grade determines whether the course is passed (grade 6 or higher).
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Applied Physics  (Keuzevakken in Science and Engineering ) - semester I b keuze: ATP
MSc Astronomy: Quantum Universe  (Optional Courses in Theoretical and Observational Astronomy) - semester I b keuze
MSc Astronomy: Science, Business and Policy  (Optional Courses in Theoretical and Observational Astronomy) - semester I b keuze
MSc Chemistry: Erasmus Mundus Theoretical Chemistry and Computing Modelling  (Electives) - semester I b keuze
MSc Courses for Exchange Students: Astronomy, Physics & Applied Physics - semester I b Physics / Applied Physics
MSc Mathematics and Physics (double degree)  ( Quantum Universe (40 ects)) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Nanoscience  (Optional Courses) - semester I b keuze
MSc Physics: Advanced Materials  (Compulsory courses) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Physics: Quantum Universe  (Compulsory courses) - semester I b verplicht
MSc Physics: Science, Business and Policy  (Compulsory courses) - semester I b verplicht