MATH321/322/323 (2020) - Home Page

Welcome to the home page for MATH321, 322, 323, and 466, for 2020.

Kia ora MATH321/322/323 students,

The below provides some information on this set of courses. We will continue to provide you with updates related to this course here on the course Home Pages, although important announcements will also be posted to the Blackboard site for this set of courses, at

Class Meeting Monday

Dear MATH321/2/3 students,

Please come to the first lecture online or on-campus, for a class meeting to discuss module choices, Monday ..... We will use Zoom alongside of this so students can attend in person or online, with the link offered in Blackboard.

The same meeting number will be used for any future MATH321/2/3 lecture/meetings

Ka kite anō

Mark, Matt, Martha, John, and Jim


To complete one of these courses, you choose two modules. Each module is worth half a course.

Please note that MATH323, being also a geophysics course, requires that you choose modules from a restricted set of the modules listed below. If you are in the Solid Earth stream for Geophysics, you must do the Tensors module, plus one of (Meteorology, Ocean Fluids, or Inverse Theory). These modules are on offer in T2.

If you are not in the Solid Earth stream for geophysics, you do not have to do Tensors for MATH323.

There is an organisational meeting at the first lecture on Monday 2nd March from 16:10 to 17:00 in Murphy LT102. This meeting is to help you decide what modules you will do. Then you contact the owner/lecturer of each module you choose. Please also email the course coordinator Mark McGuinness to advise your choices.

For each one of the courses (Math 321/322/323 or Math 466/467) you enrol in, you will need to complete two modules (distinct modules, no double counting.

The Modules for MATH467 are more work than the 300-level modules; see the module owner or module details for more about this.

The equivalent of twelve modules will be offered in 2020. Six of them are in both T1 and T2; Fractals, Tensors, and Inverse methods are offered in T2 only.

Class Representative

The class rep for MATH321, 322, and 323 will be chosen at the first meeting.

MODULES ON OFFER in T2 (for more details, see further below):

  1. Special relativity, Matt Visser, both T1 and T2.
  2. Quantum physics, Matt Visser, both T1 and T2.
  3. Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics, Matt Visser, both T1 and T2.
  4. Oceanic fluids, Dimitrios Mitsotakis, both T1 and T2.
  5. Meteorology (reading course), Jim McGregor, both T1 and T2.

Only enrol if you will complete two modules. You can if you wish informally take one or more modules now without enrolling, and we will keep the marks for when you formally enrol and complete the other module.

Special rules apply for Honours students (Math 467); basically you will need to do extra work.

Honours special relativity is sufficiently different to the 3rd-year special relativity module that this the one case where you can do both (Special Relativity) modules.

Individual lecturers may set different deadlines and requirement for their modules: Ultimately it is the student's responsibility to make sure they contact the appropriate lecturer and make sure they do the required reading and assignments by the specified deadlines.


Course Coordinator: Prof Mark McGuinness

Other lecturers: Prof Matt Visser, Dr Dimitrios Mitsotakis, Jim McGregor, Martha Savage, John Townend .


  1. Special relativity (Matt Visser, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  2. Quantum physics (Matt Visser, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  3. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics (Matt Visser, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  4. Fluid Mechanics and the Mathematics of Tsunamis (Dimitrios Mitsotakis, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  5. Numerical Solution of Differential Equations (Dimitrios Mitsotakis, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  6. Fractals ( Mark McGuinness, T2 only)
  7. Meteorology Reading (Jim McGregor, reading, Trimester 1 & 2)
  8. Meteorology Project (James Mc Gregor, project, available to selected students, T2 only)
  9. Cartesian tensors and introduction to applications (Martha Savage, lectured, first half of Trimester 2.) The Tensors module is required for any Solid Earth stream students doing MATH323.
  10. Introductory inverse theory (John Townend, offered in the second half of T2, provided enough students are interested.)