Mathematical Physics 7.5 credits

Matematisk Fysik
First cycle, M0014M
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The course plan was established by the Dept of Mathematics to be in force from H07 (August 2007).

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto 08 Nov 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study
Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and The Basic Courses in Mathematics M0029M - M0032M or corresponding. Linear Analysis M0018M, or corresponding.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After finshing the course the student should
- be able to formulate partial differential equations, boundary- and initial conditions, starting with problems from physics and also be able to solve partial differential equations with different methods, for example by expansion in different orthogonal systems or by transform methods and also be able to give a physical intepretation of the solution.
- acquire basic knowledge about the theory of Hilbert spaces including symmetric operators, specially Sturm-Liouville operators.
- acquire basic knowledge of some special functions as orthogonal polynomials and Bessel functions.
- acquire basic knowledge of the theory of distributions and be able to use distributions as the Delta function to describe various physical situations.

Physical models: Derivation of the heat equation, Laplace´s equation and the wave equation. Boundary- and initial conditions, uniquess- and stability conditions, classification, superposition. d´Alemberts formula for the wave equation. Fouriers method: Separation of variables. Eigenfunction expansion methods, the use of Fourier- and Laplacetransforms. Function spaces: Orthogonal projections, convergence in norm, symmetric operators, Sturm-Liouville operators, generalized Fourierseries, Bessel- and Legendrefunctions, distributions, Laplace- and Fouriertansforms.

Lectures and lessons.

Written exam.

The course is given in Swedish.

Thomas Strömberg

Transition terms
The course M0014M is equal to MAM236

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
G Sparr, A Sparr: Kontinuerliga system, Studentlitteratur 2000 eller senare.
G Sparr, A Sparr: Övningsbok till Kontinuerliga system

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written exam and/or compulsory assignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.