2019 - 2020

  Introductory Mathematics for Physicists1  
Prof. Rennan BarkanaLev Auditorium009 Sun1000-1200 Sem  1
Porter School of Environmental013BTue1000-1200 Sem  1
University credit hours:  6.0

Course description

.Introductory Mathematics for Physicists 1 Syllabus


Rennan Barkana

Email :barkana@tau.ac.il

Academic Year, Semesters

Fall semester

Number of Hours/ Credits

4 lecture + 2 rec.



Year in program & how often given, if relevant

Year 1, given every year

  Course overview – short abstract

This course gives beginning physics students a broad range of mathematical technical skills that are necessary for the physics courses being taken during their first and second years. Emphasis is on problem solving and techniques. Material includes differential and integral calculus of single-variable and multi-variable functions; complex numbers; and ordinary differential equations.

Assessment: coursework and grade structure

Assignments – 10%

Final exam – 90%

Week-by-week content (approximate)

Week 1: Derivatives: 1-D

Week 2: Taylor series

Week 3: Integrals: 1-D

Week 4: Applications of integrals

Week 5: Multi-dimensional derivatives

Week 6: Linear algebra, Jacobians

Week 7: First-order ordinary differential equations: Intro

Week 8: Techniques for solving 1'st order ODE's

Week 9: Multi-dimensional integrals

Week 10: Applications of 2-D and 3-D integrals

Week 11: Complex numbers: Intro

Week 12: Euler's formula, polynomials

Week 13: Second-order ordinary differential equations

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