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Undergraduate Course: Problem Solving in Physics (PHYS08031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed for pre-honours physics students, primarily to develop their problem solving skills. A key element in understanding physics is to be able to apply elementary mathematics effectively in physical applications. For this, knowledge of mathematics is not enough, one also needs familiarity and practice. The aim of this course is to help students apply the mathematics they already know to the solution of typical physics problems, developing fluency and confidence through practical problem solving.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking ( Applicable Mathematics 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08049) AND Mathematical Methods 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08050))
Other requirements For Fast Track Students entering Year 2:SCE Advanced Higher or A-level Physics and Mathematics at A-grade.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLectureJCMB 53262-11 10:00 - 10:50
King's BuildingsTutorialJCMB 22091-11 14:00 - 17:00
King's BuildingsTutorialJCMB 22091-11 10:00 - 12:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Room 5326 - JCMB
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, it is intended that a student will be able to:

1) understand and apply elementary mathematics to physical problems
2) to acquire fluency and confidence in basic problem solving techniques
3) to acquire the ability to interpret unfamiliar equations and in particular to be able to sketch behaviour and interpret special cases.
4) to be able to provide clear, written extended solutions to problems.
Assessment Information
Continually assessed work, 40%
Degree examination 60%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus & Basic algebra: manipulating algebraic expressions, completing squares, polynomials and factor theorem, quadratic and root equations.
& Functions: inequalities, modulus functions, exponential and logarithms, curve sketching, series expansions, harmonic potentials.
& Geometry and trigonometry: trigonometric functions, lines and circles, conic sections.
& Complex numbers: algebra with i, argand diagram, Euler and de-Moivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
& Vectors and matrices: basic vector and matrix algebra, determinants, inverses, statics, friction, systems of forces, moments, resolving forces into components, Coulomb electrostatics.
& Derivatives: differentiate standard functions, differentiate composite functions, higher derivatives, applications to simple physical problems.
& Integrals: standard integrals, integrating by parts, integrating by substitution, applications to simple physical problems.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsPSiP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
Email: kristel.torokoff@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Leanne O'Donnell
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
Email: l.o'donnell@ed.ac.uk
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