2019  2020  
0321183801  Introductory Mathematics for Physicists1  

FACULTY OF EXACT SCIENCES  PHYSICS  

.Introductory Mathematics for Physicists 1 Syllabus
Instructor
Rennan Barkana
Email :barkana@tau.ac.il
Academic Year, Semesters
Fall semester
Number of Hours/ Credits
4 lecture + 2 rec.
Mandatory/Elective
Mandatory
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 singlevariable and multivariable functions; complex numbers; and ordinary differential equations.
Assessment: coursework and grade structure
Assignments – 10%
Final exam – 90%
Weekbyweek content (approximate)
Week 1: Derivatives: 1D
Week 2: Taylor series
Week 3: Integrals: 1D
Week 4: Applications of integrals
Week 5: Multidimensional derivatives
Week 6: Linear algebra, Jacobians
Week 7: Firstorder ordinary differential equations: Intro
Week 8: Techniques for solving 1'st order ODE's
Week 9: Multidimensional integrals
Week 10: Applications of 2D and 3D integrals
Week 11: Complex numbers: Intro
Week 12: Euler's formula, polynomials
Week 13: Secondorder ordinary differential equations
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