PHYS 210 Spring 2013 Mathematical Methods for Scientists (Q)

Cross Listed as MATH210
This course covers a variety of mathematical methods used in the sciences, focusing particularly on the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. In addition to calling attention to certain special equations that arise frequently in the study of waves and diffusion, we develop general techniques such as looking for series solutions and, in the case of nonlinear equations, using phase portraits and linearizing around fixed points. We study some simple numerical techniques for solving differential equations. A series of optional sessions in Mathematica will be offered for students who are not already familiar with this computational tool.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets and several in-class exams, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
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Prerequisites: Mathematics 105 or 106 and familiarity with Newtonian mechanics at the level of Physics 131
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3211
PHYS210-01(S) LEC Math Methods for Scientists (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning William K. Wootters
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Physics 205 3211
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