Welcome to physics 466 for 2017
We will be using a textbook called Physical Mathematics published
by Cambridge University Press.
Insist on the 2014 printing which has many of the typos corrected.
The videos of the
lectures will be posted on YouTube:
lecture of 22 Aug
2017, sections 1.1-1.3.
lecture of 24 Aug
2017, sections 1.4-1.10.
lecture of 29 Aug
2017, sections 1.11-1.19.
lecture of 31 Aug
2017, sections 1.20-1.23.
lecture of 5 Sep
2017, sections 1.24-1.26.
lecture of 7 Sep
2017, sections 1.27-1.35. By mistake, the first half of the lecture
was not recorded.
lecture of 12 Sep
2017, sections 1.36-1.38 and 2.1.
lecture of 14 Sep
2017, sections 2.1-2.6.
lecture of 19 Sep
2017, sections 2.7-2.10.
Dirac on his delta function.pdf
There is a list of errata
at quantum.phys.unm.edu/466-15/errata.html. Please send new errata to
I started writing this book when Elsevier bought Academic Press
the publisher of the book by Arfken et al. which I had
been using. Elsevier charges so much for its journals
and books that it has made much of modern science
inaccessible to all but the wealthiest institutions and
individuals. When you start
writing papers, you should post them on an arXiv (arxiv.org and/or bioRxiv.org) and
submit them to journals not owned by Elsevier or Wiley. Pass
Here is what I plan to cover in this course:
Fourier transforms: 1.5
Complex variables: 3
Differential equations: 3
Integral equations: 0.5
Legendre polynomials: 1.5
These topics are discussed in the first nine chapters of the book.
All homework problems are stated in the book Physical Mathematics
I will be doing some of the homework problems during
the weekly problem session which is held on Wednesdays
at 2 pm in room 5.
Put homework in Jacek Osinski's mailbox by 3:00 PM on its due
date, usually a Friday.
You can send him e-mail here.
You can send me e-mail here.
Tentative list of homework assignments:
First homework assignment: Do
problems 1-14 of chapter 1 by Friday, 1 September.
Second homework assignment: Do
problems 15-28 of chapter 1 by Friday, 8 September.
Third homework assignment: Do problems 29-40 of chapter 1
by Friday, 15 September.
Fourth homework assignment: Do problems 1-14 of
chapter 2 by Friday, 22 September.
Fifth homework assignment: Do problems 15-23 of chapter 2 and
1-5 of chapter 3 by Friday, 29 September.
Sixth homework assignment: Do problems 6-18 of chapter 3 and
1 of chapter 4 by Friday, 6 October.
Seventh homework assignment: Do problems 2-18
of chapter 4 by Tuesday, 20 October.
Eighth homework assignment: Do problems 19-22 of chapter 4
and 1-10 of chapter 5 by Tuesday, 27
Ninth homework assignment: Do problems 11-24 of chapter 5 by
Tuesday, 3 November.
Tenth homework assignment: Do problems 25-38 of chapter 5 by
Tuesday, 10 November.
Eleventh homework assignment: Do problems 39-44 of chapter 5
and 1-8 of chapter 6 by Tuesday, 17 November.
Twelfth homework assignment: Do problems 9-22 of chapter 6
by Friday, 1 December.
Thirteenth homework assignment: Do problems 23-37 of chapter
6 by Friday, 8 December.
Fourteenth homework assignment: Do problems 1-5 of chapter 8
and 1-5 of chapter 9 by Thursday, 10 December.
The final lecture is Thursday, 9 December in room 184 from 5:30
The Trouble with Quantum
by Steven Weinberg. All students of physics
should read at least section 1 of this essay.