Mathematical Methods of Physics I.
Frank E. Harris, Professor of Physics
Class meets: 
MW 2:003:50, Room 102 JFB
August 23 through December 6. Occasional classes on Fridays (same room and time). These classses were announced in the official time schedule and are an integral part of the course. They are NOT optional. Click here for detailed schedule.  
Credit:  4 semester hours  
Instructor: 
Frank E. Harris, Professor of Physics. Office: 204 JFB. Office
phone: 5818445. Email: harris@physics.utah.edu. Office hours: after class Mondays or by appointment.  
Grader: 
to be appointed Office:  Email: @utah.edu. Office hour: .  
Texts: 
Harris, Mathematics for Physical Science and Engineering,
(Academic Press, 2014), Spiegel, Complex Variables (Schaum's Outline Series, 1995).  
Computation: 
Each student must have a computer account that permits access
to the Physics Web pages and
to programs such as Fortran or C and Maple or Mathematica. Physics majors (grad or undergrad) should arrange an account through normal departmental procedures if they have not already done so. Students not qualifying in other ways for a suitable computer account will be provided access through a temporary account associated with this course and which will terminate at its conclusion.  
All students will be asked to register their email addresses with the
instructor and will be assumed
to be informed of all courserelated information distributed by email. Note also that the problem assignments will be available only via the Web.  
All students are reminded that University computer accounts are
for instructional and research use,
and their use for personal purposes should not be excessive or abusive.  
Computation Project: 
Because there is a long gap in the classs schedule this year (caused by
the inconvenient scheduling of an important scientific meeting) each class member will be assigned an individual computation project to be carried out between October 6 and October 27. Details to be supplied later.  
Prerequisites: 
The officially recommended prerequisites are Math 2210, 2250, 3150, and
3160. Many students who enroll in this course will not have been previously at the University of Utah; the intent of the prerequisites is to indicate the value of some previous experience with differential equations, matrix algebra, and complex variable theory. These topics will be treated in this course in a way that does not presuppose previous knowledge, but students with a background lacking in too many of these areas may find the course rather demanding.  
Examinations: 
Midterms in the regular classroom at the class hour on Wednesday
September 27 and Monday November 13. FINAL EXAMINATION on Monday, December 11, 1:003:00 pm, in the regular classroom.  
At all examinations, you may use the two course texts, any other materials
that are in YOUR OWN
handwriting (and not that of any other person), and any materials handed out by the instructor or made available through this Web page. No other materials are permitted (thus CALCULATORS, COMPUTERS, other texts, and all mathematical tables and handbooks are forbidden). You may assume that all problem sets that have been turned in will be returned in time to be used at the next examination.  
Homework: 
Weekly problem sets will be required and will count toward grades.
There will probably be ten or eleven sets, due at approximately weekly intervals. The problem sets will be available ONLY by download from this Web page. Links to them will be added (as the problem sets are released) near the bottom of this page (below the tentative course outline).  
Students may work together on the problem assignments, but each must turn
in solutions written
entirely in his/her own handwriting (except for computergenerated graphs or tables, which must be totally individual work by the submitting student).  
Grading: 

Course Outline
The chapter numbers are guides to
the location of the topics in the text. The material
covered will be defined by the lecture presentation and in some cases will not include the entire chapter(s) referenced. It should not be concluded that each topic will be treated for an equal amount of class time.

Problem Set 1.  Due Wednesday, August 30  
Problem Set 2.  Due Friday, September 8  
Problem Set 3.  Due Monday, September 18  
Problem Set 4.  Due Monday, September 25  
Problem Set 5.  Due  
Problem Set 6.  Due  
Problem Set 7.  Due  
Problem Set 8.  Due  
Problem Set 9.  Due  
Problem Set 10.  Due 
(to be added as needed)  
Exam 1 (Fall 2016)  
Exam 1 answers (Fall 2016)  
Exam 1 (Fall 2015)  
Exam 1 answers (Fall 2015) 
Last revised 06 August 2017