# Mathematical methods for Physics II

Course Code : | 1002WETWMF |

Study domain: | Mathematics |

Academic year: | 2017-2018 |

Semester: | 1st semester |

Contact hours: | 60 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Paul Scheunders |

### 1. Prerequisites *

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

- competences corresponding the final attainment level of secondary school

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

Basic knowledge of analysis, algebra and geometry

### 2. Learning outcomes *

- The student has knowledge of a thorough mathematical foundation for the study of theoretical physics.
- The student knows the mathematical notions that deal with coordinate systems and transformations, vector-and matrixcalculus, differential operators and eigenvectors and eigenvalues.
- The student understands a number of important mathematical techniques, essential for the studies of theoretical physics, as there are: to perform a coordinate transformation, to treat vectors and matrices, the calculation of differential operators in specific coordinate systems, the calculation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues of operators.
- The students can apply these techniques.

### 3. Course contents *

The course treats a number of mathematical techniques that are essential for the study of theoretical physics.

1. Introduction

2. Coördinate systems, transformations

3. Vector calculus

4. Matrixcalculus

5. Special coördinate systems

6. Differential operators

7. Eigenvector analysis and rotations

### 4 International dimension*

### 5. Teaching method and planned learning activities

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions Seminars/Tutorials Skills training

Personal workAssignments Individually

Personal work

### 6. Assessment method and criteria

ExaminationWritten examination without oral presentation Closed book Open-question

Continuous assessment(Interim) tests

Continuous assessment

### 7. Study material *

#### 7.1 Required reading

Course and handouts during classes

**7.2 Optional reading**

The following study material can be studied voluntarily :NIHIL

### 8. Contact information *

Docent: Paul Scheunders (paul.scheunders@ua.ac.be, Tel.: 03/265 24 73 )

Assistentant: Rob Heylen (rob.heylen@uantwerpen.be)