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Group Theory
PHYS-7143     Spring semester 2019

Course schedule
Next lecture
Place and times
Tue, Thu 1:30 - 2:45 in Architecture (West) 260 (will probably move to Howey)
Tuesday Jan 8 2019
Course description
2017 student evaluations
2019 student evaluations
should I take this course?
A basic background in linear algebra and quantum mechanics.
Predrag Cvitanović
Office: Howey W501, phone: 404 487 8469, email:
Office hours: Tuesday 12:30-1:20pm
Teaching method
Two lectures and a homework problem set per week.
The weekly homework assignment will be posted on the course homepage on Thursday. Please deliver the homework next Tuesday, at the lecture, or place them in Predrag's mailbox. Solutions will be posted on Canvas. You can discuss problems with each other, but the solutions have to be executed and submitted individually. Grades will be determined from the homework (70%) -so day-to-day participation is very important- and the final exam (30%).
Course notes
P. Cvitanović, World Wide Quest to Tame Group Theory
Weekly notes, including all problem sets.
B. Gutkin, Lecture notes: Group theory and its applications in physics
There is no assigned textbook for the course. A few references we have consulted:
M. Tinkham, Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics (McGraw-Hill, NY 1964) - nice book, worth owning.
Dresselhaus, Dresselhaus and Jorio, Group Theory : Application to the Physics of Condensed Matter (Springer, NY 2007)
W. G. Harter, Principles of Symmetry, Dynamics, and Spectroscopy (Wiley, NY 1974)
P. Cvitanović,Group Theory -
All chapter and section numbers refer to the version 9.0 of this book, unless stated otherwise.
J.-Q. Chen, J. Ping and F. Wang, Group Representation Theory for Physicists (World Scientific, Singapore 2002)
R. Gilmore and C. Letellier, The Symmetry of Chaos (Oxford 2007)
M. Golubitsky and I. Stewart, The Symmetry Perspective : From Equilibrium to Chaos (Springer, NY 2003)
How is the course graded?  Dog ate my homework?  Fancy footwork?