PS 123: Mathematical Physics III

Course Number and Title: PS 123 (Mathematical Physics III)
Date Revised: Oct. 8, 2010
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisites: PS 121, PS 122

Course Description:
This course introduces Physics majors to special functions and operator methods needed for upper-level physics. Topics include power-series solutions, gamma, beta, error, elliptic and hypergeometric functions, solutions to the Laplace equation (Legendre, Bessel, Hermite, Hankel), spherical harmonics, Fourier series, and Green's functions.

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Fujita, S. and Godoy, S. (2010). Mathematical Physics. Germany: Wiley-VCH.
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