Math Methods Phys Sci II

Spring 2020, Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 8:50am -- 9:40am; MSB 106

Instructor: Jing Li
Office: 360 Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Phone: (330) 672-9111
Office hours: Mon/Wed/Fri: 10am--10:50am and 12pm--12:50pm.

This course focuses on developing a toolbox of mathematical methods for tackling problems arising in Physical Sciences. This course covers Vector Analysis, Solving Ordinary Differential Equations, Fourier Series/Transform, and Solving Partial Differential Equations.

MATH 22005; and MATH 21001 or MATH 32051.

Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, Third Edition, Mary L. Boas. ISBN: 978-0-471-19826-0

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes of this course can be found through the link Learning Outcomes .

Homework will be assigned after each lecture and will be posted on Blackboard. Homework assigned in the previous week will be collected each Monday in class, or submitted through Blackboard if you prefer. Homework will not be graded, and solution will be posted on Blackboard. Each homework submission will win you one point (up to 10 points) to your final points.

There will be five quizzes (count 20 points towards your final points), four midterm exams (40 points total), and the final exam (30 points). The quizzes and midterm exams will typically be scheduled on Friday in class. The final exam time is Tuesday, May 5, 10:15am--12:30pm.

Points earned from your homework, quizzes, and exams, will be posted on your Blackboard. The final letter grade will be posted through FlashLine after the final exam.

Grading Policy
Your points earned from Homework (10), quizzes (20), midterm exams (40), and final exam (30), give your final points, which determines your letter grade:
A (90 or above); B (80 or above); C (70 or above); D (60 or above); F (less than 60).

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT: The official registration deadline for this course is January 19, 2020.  University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending.  Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course.  Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her class schedule (using Student Tools in FlashFast) prior to the deadline indicated.  Registration errors must be corrected prior to the deadline.

The last day to withdraw is March 22, 2020.   Other important Registrar dates can be found at

STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY POLICY: University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content.  If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments.  Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit for more information on registration procedures).

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY AND PROCEDURES REGARDING STUDENT CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: University policy 3342-3-01.8 deals with the problem of academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism. None of these will be tolerated in this class. The sanctions provided in this policy will be used to deal with any violations. For more information, refer to