This course covers rougly the first half of the textbook by Goldbart and Stone, but the material will be adapted to match the preparation of the students, and other topics may be included if the need arises. The goal of the course is to raise the mathematical background of the students to a level needed to successfully complete introductory graduate courses such as Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics. Generally students with a US undergraduate degree in Physics (or equivalent foreign degree), do not have the necessary mathematical background for the introductory graduate courses, and are strongly recommended to take this course. Class attendance is required, and I will give occasional in-class quizes (not counting toward the final grade) to check the background of the students.

TextBook adn Lecture Notes

The required textook is "Mathematics for Physics: A Guided Tour for Grauate Students" by Paul Goldbart and Mike Stone. Scans of of handwritten lecture notes will be posted on the course website.

Grade Calculation

The course grade will be based on homework, a midterm exam and an oral final exam, according to the formula 10 percent homework, 30 percent midterm and 60 percent final. If students copy homework from webpapge, which I will check, this formula will change.

Class Times and Venue: Mo-Wed-Fr 10.30-11.25, Earth and Space Sciences, 001

Office Hours

All office hours will be online after a specific appointment


Homework will be assigned weekly, and should be submitted electronically. Copying homework solutions from the internet is not allowed, but collaboration with fellow students is encouraged.

Masks and Social Distance

A face mask covering mouth and nose has to be worn at all times during class. Students who do not comply will be asked to leave the classroom. Please distribute yourself such as to maintain a proper distance to other students. If you have questions after class, please do not come forward but remain seated.

Course Website: PHY 503 Website

University Policies

We will comply with University Policies with regards to religious holidays, accessibility, disabilities, academic integrety, etc.. See, the Provost Webpage and University Syllabus statement for details.


Homework Assignements

Lecture Notes

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