Physics 301/Math 355: Mathematical Methods of Physics

This is the course website for Physics 301/Math 355: Mathematical Methods of Physics.
Please visit this site frequently; all homework assignments will be posted here, as well as detailed solutions to all
homeworks. These solutions will be made available for public viewing as soon as homework is collected in at the beginning of class.
This site will also post a series of classnotes to elucidate issues raised in class, provide greater detail about certain topics, provide tutoring
in the use of Mathematica, and also to show how the material done in class can be extended.

The software platform Mathematica will be used extensively in this course. Mathematica is loaded on all Loyola network machines, and Loyola students can download
a version for your own computer by going to the its mathematica webpage . You will need your Loyola id and password
to gain access to this page. The page will give you all the information needed to download a copy of mathematica to your own machine.

I will post a variety of write-ups purusant to the computer project. First, is a description of the physics and general outline of the program I wrote. Next, I
post what I think is a very straightforward solution with full commentary. If the embedded commentary is distracting, there is a
version with no comments. Finally, we talked in class about how the nature of the solution might change if the initial parameters were changed. I post a version with a smaller radius and greater angular velocity
that has three solutions , the first of which is when the person is at approximately 340 degrees.

April 4:I have posted one of the homework solutions submitted for the last question on the last homework (#9). This is an excellent use of Mathematica's logical
operators.

David B. Slavsky
Loyola University Chicago
Cudahy Science Hall, Rm. 404
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.,
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-508-8352
E-mail: dslavsk@luc.edu