SI1200 Mathematical Methods in Physics 4.0 credits

Fysikens matematiska metoder

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Physical problems leading to different types of differential equations, e.g., the wave equation, Laplace's equation, and Poisson's equation.

Separation of variables in Cartesian, cylinder, and spherical coordinates. Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials, and spherical harmonics. Introductory theory and application of Green's function methods in physics. Variational calculus and physical modelling using energy arguments.

Intended learning outcomes *

Upon completing the course a student shall be able to:

  • Formulate problems in terms of differential equations based on fundamental physical problems
  • Use expansion in eigenfunctions as a tool to solve stated problems that appear in, e.g., quantum mechanics and electromagnetism
  • Define and in basic situations apply Green's functions on physical problems such as diffusion and wave propagation
  • Analyse physical problems using variational principles and energy arguments

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Recommended previous knowledge: In order to assimilate the course material, it is recommended that the student has previously taken the following courses, or obtained the corresponding knowledge by other means:

  • Single variable calculus
  • Multi variable calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Vector analysis

It is also recommended that the first part of the course in differential equations and transforms as well as complex valued functions has been studied.

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Literature

The course literature is decided by the department and communicated to the students via the course homepage at least four weeks before the start of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Exam, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Other requirements for final grade *

At least grade E in the exam. In the normal case, the exam should be a written exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Edwin Langmann

Further information

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SCI/Physics

Main field of study *

Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

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Contact

Edwin Langmann (langmann@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.