PHYS 210
Mathematical Methods for Scientists Spring 2025
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed MATH 210

Class Details

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. An optional session in Mathematica will be offered for students who are not already familiar with this computational tool.
The Class: Format: lecture; three hours per week
Limit: 50
Expected: 30
Class#: 3581
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several exams and weekly problem sets, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: MATH 150 or 151 and familiarity with Newtonian mechanics at the level of PHYS 131
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and juniors
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHYS 210 Division III MATH 210 Division III
QFR Notes: This course will have weekly problem sets using advanced calculus methods

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