Course Descriptions

16:642:561 Introduction to Mathematical Physics I

Fall 2021 - Michael Kiessling

Course Description:

The course offers a mathematically rigorous treatment of the so-called classical theories of physics, i.e. non-quantum physics (which will be covered in the follow-up course 562). Topics: Newton's non-relativistic model of the world (space and time; N point particles in space which move according to Newton's laws of motion; from atoms to stars), and its Langrangian, Hamiltonian, and Hamilton-Jacobian reformulations. Maxwell's theory of electromagnetic fields and recent developments; Einstein's special (and a bit of his general) relativity theory.

Text:

Professor Kiessling's lecture notes

Prerequisites:

501 or special permission by instructor

 

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