Kirk Kaminsky, BMath, PhD (Physics), BEd
Contact
Science Faculty Lecturer, Faculty of Science  Physics
 kaminsky@ualberta.ca
 Address

4185 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
Overview
Research
quantum field theory, field theoretic limits of string theory
Teaching
interactive physics simulation and education software; undergraduate physics curriculum renewal
Courses
MA PH 251  Differential Equations for Physics
Differential equations occur throughout physics and being able to solve them is a critical mathematical skill for physicists. The first part of the course emphasizes solution techniques to firstorder and linear, secondorder ordinary differential equations, including series and Frobenius solutions, and an introduction to Fourier and orthogonal series and SturmLiouville problems. The second part of the course introduces partial differential equations with a study of quasilinear firstorder equations, and the linear secondorder wave, heat and Laplace equations, and solution techniques including the method of characteristics and separation of variables. Examples from physics will be emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: MATH 146 or equivalent and one of MATH 102 or 125 or 127. Corequisite: MATH 214 or 217. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of MA PH 251, MATH 201, MATH 334 or MATH 336.
MA PH 351  Mathematical Methods for Physics I
This final core mathematics course for physics programs covers Fourier Analysis, Vector Calculus and Complex Analysis. The first part covers generalized Fourier series and orthogonal functions, and the Fourier integral. The second part covers the operators of vector differential calculus, line and surface integrals, and the three important vector integral theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes, with a direct application to Gauss' and Ampere's laws of electromagnetism; spherical, cylindrical and planar symmetry. The final part of the course covers the basic calculus of functions of a complex variable: the CauchyRiemann equations, analytic functions, the CauchyGoursat theorem and Cauchy integral formula, Laurent series, poles and residues, contour integration. Examples from physics will be emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: MATH 214 and one of MATH 102 or 125 or 127 and one of MA PH 251 or MATH 201 or MATH 334 or MATH 336.