MATH 437 Electricity and Magnetism for Mathematicians (Q)

Last offered Fall 2013

Maxwell's equations are four simple formulas, linking electricity and magnetism, that are among the most profound equations ever discovered. These equations led to the prediction of radio waves, to the realization that a description of light is also contained in these equations and to the discovery of the special theory of relativity. In fact, almost all current descriptions of the fundamental laws of the universe are deep generalizations of Maxwell's equations. Perhaps even more surprising is that these equations and their generalizations have led to some of the most important mathematical discoveries (where there is no obvious physics) of the last 25 years. For example, much of the math world was shocked at how these physics generalizations became one of the main tools in geometry from the 1980s until today. It seems that the mathematics behind Maxwell is endless. This will be an introduction to Maxwell's equations, from the perspective of a mathematician.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based primarily on performance on homework and exams
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Prerequisites: MATH 350 or MATH 351, and MATH 355, or permission of instructor; not open to students who have taken MATH 337; no physics background required
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1762
MATH 437 LEC Elctrcty & Mgntsm Mthmaticians (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Thomas A. Garrity
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