Physics 333 Syllabus, Fall 1998
St. Lawrence University
Daniel W. Koon, Instructor

TEXT: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, Mary L. Boas, 2nd Ed.,
            Div, Grad, Curl, and All That, H. M. Schey

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor reserves the right to subtract one-half of a letter grade for each absence beyond the first three. I do not expect you to learn all of your physics from my magnificent lectures, just as I would not expect you to learn it all simply from reading every sentence of the text, or by doing every homework problem. However, each one of these items you miss diminishes the understanding you are likely to gain of the course material.

EXAMS: There will be three exams during regular class time during the semester, Thursday, Sept. 10, Thursday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 12, plus a Final Exam, Monday, Dec. 14, 1:30-4:30.

GRADING POLICY: Your final average will be calculated from the following:
 
 Homework 
30%
Three semester exams 
45%
Final Project presentation 
10%
Final Exam 
15%
 

THE LECTURES: (Chapters refer to Boas, unless otherwise stated.)

8/27: Boas Ch. 4 
Complex Analysis & Computer tools
9/1: Ch. 4 
CA
9/3: Boas, Ch. 4 
CA 
9/8: Ch. 4 
CA 
9/10: 
EXAM I 
9/15: Boas Ch. 6, Schey I 
Vector Analysis 
9/17: Boas Ch. 6, Schey II
VA 
9/22:  Boas Ch. 6, Schey III
VA
9/24: Boas Ch. 6, Schey III
VA 
9/29: Boas Ch. 6, Schey IV 
VA
10/1: Ch. 7 
Fourier Analysis
10/6: Ch. 7
FA
10/8:  
EXAM II
10/13: Ch. 7 
FA
10/15: 
No class
10/20: Ch.15 
Fourier Transform
10/22:  Ch. 9: 
Calculus of Variation
10/27:  Ch. 9 
CV
10/29: Ch. 9 
CV 
11/3: Ch. 9 
CV 
11/5:  Ch. 13 
Partial Differential Equations
11/10: Ch. 13 
PDE
11/12: Ch. 
EXAM III
11/17: Ch. 13 
PDE
11/19: Ch. 
PDE
11/24: 
Thanksgiving Break
11/26: 
Thanksgiving Break
12/1: 
Special Topics
12/3: 
ST
12/8: 
Special Topics, Projects
12/10: 
ST, P
 
Final Exam: Monday, Dec. 14, 1:30-4:30.