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Mathematical Methods in Physics

  • 7.5 credits

The laws of physics are often expressed as differential equations. This course gives you practical knowledge of differential equations and commonly used systems, as well as how to find exact or approximate solutions to them.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
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Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department

Everyone admitted to a course at the Department of Physics will receive a welcome letter with important information from us via e-mail. If you have not receive the mail by the beginning of August, please contact our study advisor!

Roll-call

Courses at the Department of Physics do not have a roll-call. Instead the course starts with the first lecture.

Registration

After being admitted to a course, you must register to confirm that you are starting your studies. For most of our courses this can be done online using your university account. Registration normally opens two weeks before the course starts and you must have registered at the latest one week after the first lecture. If you have any problems with registration, contact our student office. Contact details can be found below.

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Learning platform

Most of the courses in physics use the Athena learning platform. Once registered, the course should appear automatically in Athena. If you cannot find the course, contact the course coordinator. If the course uses a different website, you can find the link further down on this web page.

Conditionally admitted

If you are conditionally admitted to a course at our department you need to contact our study advisor before you can register. Contact us as soon as possible, well before the course starts. Contact details are found further down on this web page.

Applicants on waiting list

Are you placed on a waiting list to any of our courses? You will always be contacted by e-mail if you  are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the firsts lecture.

Find the Departmend of Physics

Most of the physics courses are held in the AlbaNova building, located between the Frescati campus and the Royal Institute of Technology (Tekniska högskolan, KTH). Courses in medical radiation physics are held at Campus Karolinska Hospital. A few of our physics courses are also given in collaboration with KTH or other departments. If this is the case it is clearly stated further down on this web page.

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Education during autumn 2020

Most courses at the Department of Physics which starts during the first period of the autumn semester will have lectures given online while practical elements (e.g., laboratory exercises) and examination take place on campus.

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More specific deatalis regarding this course can be found further down on this web page or on the course page in the Athena learning platform. If you have questions you can contact the course coordinator; contact details are found further down on this web page.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The course focuses on ordinary and partial linear differential equations. Topics covered include analysis with calculus of residues, partial differential equations with separation of variables in cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, series solutions, construction of linearly independent solutions, inhomogeneous partial differential equations with Greens function techniques, Field equations for heat conduction and diffusion and the wave equation. The Dirac delta function. Fourier integrals. Expansion using orthogonal functions. Orthogonal polynomials. The Bessel and Legendre equations. Special functions: Legendre polynomials, spherical harmonics and Bessel functions, and the Laplace transform and its inverse.

Teaching during the autumn term 2020

In the autumn of 2020, lectures in the course Mathematical Methods in Physics are given remotely through zoom. Exercises are given on campus. The course is examined through written home assignments as well as a written exam on campus.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced course given during the daytime.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of both lectures and problem sessions.
    The course may be given in English.

    Assessment

    The course is examined through written examination and voluntary oral examination.

    Examiner

    Svante Jonsell, Phone: +468-553 786 25, e-mail: jonsell@fysik.su.se


    Lectures:
    Svante Jonsell
    Problem sessions:
    Anthony Bonfils , tel: , e-mail: anthony.bonfils@su.se
    Hand-in problems:
    Vipin Agrawal , tel: , e-mail: vipin.agrawal@su.se

     

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Arfken, Weber & Harris: Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 7th edition, Elsevier Academic Press 2012

  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    studievagledare@fysik.su.se

    Student office:

    studentexp@fysik.su.se