Course Identification

Physics module: Mathematics of physics
20246281

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Dr. Hagar Landsman

Course Schedule and Location

2024
First Semester
Tuesday, 15:45 - 17:15, FGS, Rm 4
12/12/2023
12/03/2024
16

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; Regular; 3.00 points

לתלמידי שנה א
פורמט היברידי
החלק הראשון של הקורס יתקיים בימי שלישי 12.09+19.09: בשעות 09:15-17:15
החלק השני של הקורס יתקיים ב-?-06/02 בשעות 15:45-17:15

No

20

Hebrew

Attendance and participation

Obligatory

Numerical (out of 100)

40%
60%

Examination

N/A
N/A
-
N/A

N/A
N/A
-
N/A

4

Syllabus

1. Hyperbolic Functions. Taylor Series. Gaussian Integrals. The Dirac Delta Function. Spherical and Cylindrical Coordinates
2. Complex Numbers and Complex Functions. Definition of a Complex Number. Basic Complex Arithmetics. The Complex Plane. Complex Exponentials and General Complex Functions.
3. Vectors and Vector Analysis. Vectors and Their Transformations. Transformation Matrices. Addition and Multiplication of Vectors. Why Physics Uses Vectors? Rotational Invariance. Tensors. Integrals of Vectors. Derivatives of Vectors. The Gradient. The Laplacian. Divergence and Curl. Useful Identities and Calculation Tips.
4. Systems of Linear Algebraic Equations. Matrices and Determinants. Two Linear Equations. Conditions on Determinants for Solution to Exist. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. Product of 2 £ 2 Matrices. Functions of 2 £ 2 Matrices. System of n Equations and its Matrix Form. Determinant of an n£n Matrix. Cramer's Formula and Existence of Solutions. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of n£n Matrices. Product of n £ n Matrices.
5. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE). Linear ODE with Constant Coefficients. Linear Second Order ODE with Non Constant Coefficients. Systems of Linear ODE's. Coupled Oscillators.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

Demonstrate enough proficiency in the topics taught in the course to enable them cope with the demanding curriculum of the physics courses in the program.