Math 15.2

Mathematics for the Physical Sciences - Winter 2005

Text: Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (Term 2), by Groszek and Mook available at Thayer Copy Center in Thayer Dining Hall (upstairs).

Grade: Your grade will be determined via homework (10% of your grade), a midterm exam (30% of your grade each), and a final exam (the remaining 60% of your grade)

The in class part of our midterm will held during class on February 9th and our final will be on March 14th at 8:00 a.m.. You are expect to be free at these times and must discuss any legitimate conflicts with Instructor Leibon during the first week of class.

Class Log: The homework assignments and exam dates can be found in the class log. You will have typically have one homework assignments due each week of the quarter. Your homework will only be graded if we can find your name and the assignment's number on it. If you intend to turn in multiple pages, then these pages must be stapled together. Homework will never be accepted late, and any assignment not turned in on time will be recorded as a zero. However, you will be allowed to drop your lowest homework score.

Honor Principle: On the exams, no help is to be given or received. On the homework, collaboration is permitted and encouraged, but NO COPYING. In other words, you should feel free to talk to other students while you are in the process of thinking about a problem. However, when it comes time to write up your solutions, you must do this by yourself without outside assistance.

Students with disabilities: I encourage students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities like chronic diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss with us any appropriate accommodations that might be helpful.

Tutorial Sessions : There is a tutorial session every Tuesday evening from 7-9 where you can receive advice on the course material.

X-Session: The X-session may be used to if we get behind in the syllabus or we are forced to cancel lectures. For example, we will use the X-session on Feb. 8th in order to take off MLK day (Jan. 17).

Rough Syllabus ( Detailed Syllabus ): Integrated Mathematics and Physical Science is a calculus course designed especially for students enrolled concurrently in Physics 15 or Physics 13. We will make a special effort to connect math topics with applications in the physical science and the material you are learning in physics. Math 15.1 and 15.2 give the preparation of Math 8 and 13 with the added bonus of being with other engineering, physics and chemistry majors. At the heart of math 15.2 is the mathematics needed to articulate Maxwell's equations. After covering this core material the course will end with a look into various optimization problems and a view of the derivative as a matrix.

A prerequisite to this course is 15.1 or a good understanding of the material covered in that course.