2019 Mathematical Methods in Physics II

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Physics
Instructor(s)
Sasamoto Tomohiro  Adachi Satoshi 
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(H116)  Tue5-6(H116,H114)  Fri3-4(H116)  Fri5-6(H116,H114)  
Group
-
Course number
PHY.M211
Credits
3
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/4
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course consists of lectures and exercise, and contains the basics of the Fourier transform, special functions, partial differential equations, and the Laplace transform.
The aim is for students to be able to use these methods without hesitation when solving physics problems in the future.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to apply Fourier transform, special functions, partial differential equations, and Laplace transform to problems in physics.

Keywords

Fourier transform, gamma function, Legendre functions, Bessel functions, Hermite functions, Laguerre functions, partial differential equations, Green functions, Dirichlet problems, Laplace transform

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In lecture class a (few) report problems may be assigned.
In every exercise class students will be given some problems and solve them.
Some explanations of their solutions will also be given.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Review of Fourier expansion and Fourier transform Understand the Fourier transform as a limit of the Fourier expansion.
Class 2 Inverse Fourier transform, Dirac's delta function Understand the definition of the delta function
Class 3 Distribution, application to differential equations Try solving some differential equations by using Fourier transform
Class 4 Gamma function Understand the definition of the Gamma function
Class 5 Stirling formula, Beta function Derive the Stirling formula
Class 6 Legendre functions Derive formulas of Legendre functions from their generating function.
Class 7 associated Legendre functions, Spherical harmonics Understand the relation between associated Legendre functions and spherical harmonics.
Class 8 Midterm exam to assess the students’ level of understanding on what has been taught so far and explanation of solutions Review the course contents so far
Class 9 Bessel functions Derive formulas of Bessel functions from their generating function
Class 10 Hankel functions, Neumann functions Understand the relation between Hankel and Neumann functions and Bessel functions
Class 11 modified Bessel functions, spherical Bessel functions Understand the relation among modified Bessel functions, spherical Bessel functions, and Bessel functions.
Class 12 Derive formulas of Hermite and Laguerre functions from their generating functions. Derive formulas of Hermite and Laguerre functions from their generating functions.
Class 13 partial differential equations, Dirichlet problems Understand the uniqueness of the solution of a Dirichlet problem.
Class 14 Green functions Derive the Green function for the Laplace operator.
Class 15 Laplace transform Understand the relation between Laplace transform and Fourier transform

Textbook(s)

Not required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not required

Assessment criteria and methods

Based on midterm and final exams, reports, and presentations in exercise classes.

Related courses

  • PHY.M204 : Mathematical Methods in Physics I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are required to have completed Applied Mathematics for Physicists and Scientists I

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