Physics 324: Methods of Theoretical Physics

Fall 2009

T & R: 2:15 – 3:30 PM, UH 141

Instructor:    A.  Boukahil


Office:            Upham: 153


Telephone:   472-1080


Office hours:            T & R: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

                                         W:      9:30 – 11:30 AM & 4:30 – 5:30 PM


All other times, by appointment only.




Course Description:

Topics covered include methods of theoretical physics, vector analysis, differential equations of mathematical physics, analytic functions and integration in the complex plane, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and their applications in physics.


NO Textbook required. Notes will be made available to students.


Three mid-terms and a final

1.      Exam 1: Thursday, Sep.24th  in Room 141 UH

2.      Exam 2: Thursday, Oct. 22rd   in Room 141 UH

3.      Exam 3: Thursday,  Nov 19th in Room 141 UH

4.      Final Exam: Thursday, Dec. 17th , 10:00 – 12:00 Noon, in 141 UH



Homework will be assigned every week in class on Thursday and will be collected the following Thursday. You are encouraged to start working on your assignment as soon as possible. Feel free to stop by my office if you need help.



Special Item:


There will be extra sessions offered to students registered for this course. These one –hour sessions will focus on problem solving techniques, including some homework problems. You are encouraged to attend these sessions. The time and place will be announced before September 15, 2009.


Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be based on


1.      Homework 25% of your final grade

2.      Exams: each of the top two counts 20%, and the lowest counts 15%

3.      Final exam counts 20% of you final grade


Grading Scale: 

A         95%—100%

A-        90%—94%

B+       86%—89%

B        82%—85%

B-       78%—81%                                                                                         

C+      74%—77%                                                              

C        70%—73%                                                              

C-       66%—69%                                                               

                                         D+      61%—65%  

                                         D       56%—60%   

D-      50%—55%                                                                                                   

F         <50%


Course Policies:


Avoid missing a scheduled examination. No make-up exams will be given. Class attendance is not required but the students are responsible for assignments if they do miss any class period.

All electronic devices (e.g., cellular phones, pagers, I-pods, etc.) must be turned off while in class. NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED DURING EXAMS. You will not be allowed to use cell phones as calculators


UWW Policies


Special needs statement: Students with special needs should contact the instructor to make appropriate arrangements.

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