**Instructor:
**David Kaplan

**Office:
**Physics C433 (Note: C wing is in the tower beneath the Physics library)

**Office Hours: **Monday
2-3:30 PM, and by arrangement at other times.

**Email:
**dbkaplan@phys.washington.edu

**Telephone: **685-3546

**TA:
**Zenghui Wang, Physics B229, zenghui@u.washington.edu

**TA Office Hours: **Tuesday, 2:30-4:30.
Room C441, Physics and Astronomy Building.

**Lectures: **MWF
11:30-12:20, Physics A110

**Text***:
Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences,
*Mary L. Boas, second
edition,

Wiley 1983. There is a companion book with selected solved problems
available

as well.
**
Lectures will include material not in the text.**

**Homework: **Assigned each Wednesday
and due the following Wednesday. Discussing the

problems in groups is encouraged, but you must write up your own solutions.

Assignments and solutions will be posted on the web.

**Midterm exams: **There will be two in-class, one-hour, open-book
midterms.
**
There will be no make-up midterm exams.**

**Grades:
**The two midterm exams and the homework count as three parts of the
grade, and

the final as two parts. The worst part of the five will be dropped.
A missed midterm

will count as the dropped score.

*Examples:*

If your final is the worst part, it will count as 25% of the grade, as
will each

of the midterms and the homework.

If a midterm is the worst part, its score will be dropped so that the final
will

count as 50% of the grade, while the better midterm and the homework

will each count as 25% of the grade.

**
You need to take at least one midterm exam plus the final to pass this
course.**

**Computer:
**Basic use of a computer mathematics program such as *Mathematica*
will be helpful

for some of the assigned problems. For information on how to access and
use
*
Mathematica*, click
here
.