physics department

PHYS 251



Course No.

Course Title

No. of Units





PHYS 251

Mathematical Physics I




MATH 202


Objectives of the course:

The objective of the course is to provide the undergraduate students necessary mathematical pre-requisites to study core physics courses.

Course Description:

Vector analysis, gradient, divergence, curl; Gauss’ and Stokes’ theorems; orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. Elements of complex algebra, De Moivre’s theorem. Matrix, determinant and their important algebraic properties. Ordinary differential equations of the first and second order with constant and variable coefficients.


Main text books :

 Introduction to Mathematical Physics, by Charlie Harper; Prentice-Hall, 4th ed.


Subsidiary books :

1- Introduction to Mathematical Physics: Methods and Concepts: by Chun Wa Wong (1991).


2- Mathematical Methods for Physicists, by G.B. Arfken, and H.J. Weber;Academic Press (1995).

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