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.

ch2.pdf
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 me.

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 it on.

Here is what I plan to cover in this course:
Linear algebra:             3 weeks
Fourier series:                1.5
Fourier transforms:      1.5
Infinite series:               1
Complex variables:       3
Differential equations:  3
Integral equations:        0.5
Legendre polynomials:  1.5
Bessel functions:            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 October.
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 to 7:30.


The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics by Steven Weinberg. All students of physics should read at least section 1 of this essay.