MATH 301, 601, Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences
PHYSICS 301, Theoretical Physics, PHYSICS 605 Mathematical Physics

Rob Thompson Hunter College Fall 2020
Tuesdday/Thursday 4:10-5:25 Room: Online

Office: Zoom address: profthompson Hours: T/Th 6:00-7:00pm and by appointment

Please Note: This course will be held online. We will have synchronous, live, online classes, using Zoom, during the regularly scheduled time slot for the course. The office hours will also be online. To access my Zoom meeting space go to in your browser and you will be prompted to go to your zoom app. If you do not have a Zoom app installed you will have to do that first. You do not necessarily need to have an account with Zoom to install and use the app. If you go into the Zoom app directly just go to profthompson.

We will have an EXAM on Tuesday October 13.

The exam will be held during the regular class time 4:10-5:25, on Zoom. The exam will be posted on the webpage at the start. At the end of the exam you will scan your work, and drop it in the Blackboard page. There WILL be a link there for it.

Here are the solutions to Exam One (so far).

The exam will cover the following sections from the book:

If you have completed the homework assignmnent, here a few additional problem you can do for practice:


My Office:

My office hours for the fall term will for the most part be Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm. However there will be a couple of days when I have to change this, but I will announce that. You don't need to make an appointment for office hours, you can just drop in. The Zoom address is profthompson.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to some topics in Mathematical Physics, specifically Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations. PDEs have applications in numerous areas of science and engineering, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Mathematical Finance, and many others, as well as being of intrinsic mathematical interest. This course will provide the students with the techniques necessary to set up and solve problems in PDEs, with an emphasis on the heat equation, the wave equation, Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation, and Schrodinger's equation.


We will be using Mathematica a little bit in this course, mostly to help with visualization. The College has a site license, you can obtian the software from ICIT.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Basic Information About the Course:

Recorded Lectures

Homework Assigments

Instructions for submitting the homework on BlackBoard:

The homework must be in the form of PDF file

Topics Covered

We will cover pretty much everything in Chapters Two and Three, and selected topics from Chapters Four, Five and Six.

Academic Integrity:

Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The college is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.


If you have a disability that you believe requires special accommodations: In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (Emotional, Medical, Physical and/ or Learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY located in Room E1214B to secure necessary academic accommodations. For further information and assistance please call (212- 772- 4857)/TTY (212- 650- 3230).

Some Examples

Here is a picture of some fundamental modes of vibration of string.