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This is the web-page for Methods of Applied Physics (a.k.a. "MAP"). If you're on this webpage, it is probably reasonable to figure that you are likely enrolled in the class -- so thanks for signing up. Materials on this webpage are meant to supplement information given to you in class itself. I'm not a big fan of OAKS, therefore any on-line supplementary material for the course you need can be found here. To the left, you'll find important links/syllabi/etc.

If you'd like to find out more about the research we do in my lab, check out my lab webpage. If you'd like to find out more about me, there's a brief bio here or you could check out my CV here.

- About This Course -

The focus of this course is on using the theoretical (mathematical) techniques you probably already know within a practical context to study physical phenomena. We will be discussing mathematical ideas that come from a large number of full semester standalone math courses (Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, and Probability/Statistics to name just a few), so a rigorous treatment of the mathematics will NOT be the focus of this course. (We're not going to PROVE anything!) Rather, we will primarily concern ourselves with how (and when) the tools introduced in these other classes can be used within the context of an undergraduate physical sciences education.

This course can be challenging, but it is also a lot of fun to see how the different things you've learned in the past can be applied. Conversations with former students who took this course have suggested that this class can be tremendously useful to help prepare you for other upper-level Physics courses like Classical Mechanics, E&M, Thermo, Photonics, Quantum Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Experimental Physics, and assorted special topics courses. Even if you have a very strong mathematical background, I promise you'll either see something new and/or see some applications that you weren't aware of before.

I'll be honest -- this is one of my very favorite classes to teach. I hope you enjoy it, too.

- Course Announcements -

COVID-19 Plan Related to Remote Instruction

Test of Video Quality / Announcements Regarding Remote Instruction

Anticipated Exam Dates:
Friday, February 14th
Friday, March 13th
Wednesday, April 15th
Final Exam Time Slot: Wednesday, April 29th (4-7 PM)

- Homework Assignments -

Assignment 1(PDF) (due 1/10/20)
Assignment 2(PDF) (due 1/17/20)
Assignment 3(PDF) (due 1/24/20)
Assignment 4(PDF) (due 1/31/20)
Assignment 5(PDF) (due 2/7/20)
Assignment 6(PDF) (due 2/21/20)
Assignment 7(PDF) (due 2/28/20)
Assignment 8(PDF) (due 3/6/20)
Assignment 9(PDF) (due 3/27/20)
Assignment 10(PDF) (due 4/3/20)
Assignment 11(PDF) (due 4/10/20)

- E-Learning Lectures -

E-Learning Lecture 1 (3/23/20)
E-Learning Lecture 2 (3/25/20)
E-Learning Lecture 3 (3/27/20)
E-Learning Lecture 4 (3/30/20)
E-Learning Lecture 5 (4/1/20)
E-Learning Lecture 6 (4/3/20)
Extra Example of Constructing a Differential Equation and Using the Solution to Answer a Physical Question

E-Learning Lecture 7 (4/6/20)
Extra Example of Solving a Differential Equation with Series Method

E-Learning Lecture 8 (4/8/20)
Extra Example of Solving a Differential Equation with Laplace Transforms

E-Learning Lecture 9 (4/10/20)
Extra Example of Solving a Differential Equation with a Second Method

E-Learning Lecture 10 (4/13/20) [Asynchronous Lecture]
E-Learning Lecture 11 (4/17/20)
E-Learning Lecture 12 (4/20/20)

- Links/Resources -

Laplace Transform Tables: Table 1 or Table 2
Approximate Course Schedule / Outline (PDF)
Texts worth consultation (PDF)

updated:20 April 2020