- Code PHYS4301
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Theoretical Physics
The purpose of this course is to give an in-depth introduction to mathematical methods used in modern physics. This course concentrates on different approaches and techniques which help to solve a variety of problems in theoretical and applied areas of physics. It will review and develop methods of Complex Analysis and their applications to calculation of integrals, finding and analysing solutions of differential equations which appear in physical problems. It will give a basic introduction to groups and their representations which appear in physical problems including rotation group, Lorentz group and simple unitary groups. Asymptotic methods used in modern quantum theory will also be explored. The course will provide strong integration of conceptual and applied elements from the physicists' point of view. All methods will be illustrated by working computational examples in Mathematica, so that students could get practical experience of application of mathematical methods to various problems in physics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of complex analysis in physical problems
- Explain fundamental concepts of group theory and its use for analysis of physical symmetries.
- Apply knowledge of methods and practical skills in solving differential equations and their role in physical applications.
- Demonstrate effective use of asymptotic methods in physical problems.
- Demonstrate high level communication skills in oral and written formats.
- Quizzes (approx 12 over the semester) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignments (x2) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid semester and Final exams (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral or written presentation on a chosen topic (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 36 hours) and weekly tutorials.
- Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
- Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
J. Mathews and R.L. Walker, "Mathematical Methods of Physics" (printed, ANU library)
H.J. Weber and G.B. Arfken, "Essentials of Math Methods for Physicists" (printed, ANU library)
24 units of university advanced level physics. 24 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers including Maths knowledge equivalent to MATH2306.
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