PSF51 Mathematical Methods in Physics

Module code: PSF51

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes

Students who will complete the requirements of the course will be able to analyze and model physical processes and phenomena through advanced mathematical methods and produce analytical solutions for certain cases.   In particular the students will be able to:

  • utilize basic elements of complex mathematical analysis and especially the integral theorems to evaluate definite integrals
  • solve ordinary second order differential equations, commonly appearing in physics, using the acquired knowledge of the properties and structure of the related special functions
  • apply integral transforms to solve physical problems
  • utilize the knowledge on special functions, separation of variables method, and different coordinate systems to solve partial differential equations
  • formulate physical problems as variational problems and obtain analytical solutions
  • calculate the probability distributions of random variables and their functions , and being able to analyze experimental results

Subjects covered:

1. Mathematical Methods in Physics
2. Mathematical Methods of Experimental Data Analysis

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed here.

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of six written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available here.