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Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 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 mathematical and problem solving skills in the context of basic algebra and calculus. A key element in understanding physics is the ability to apply elementary mathematics effectively in physical applications. For this, knowledge of mathematics is not enough, one also needs familiarity and practice. The course is centred on problem solving workshops, and supported by lectures.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Practical Calculus (MATH08001) OR Solving Equations (MATH08002) OR Mathematical Methods 1 (MATH08029) OR Mathematical Methods 1 (Foundation) (MATH08030) OR Mathematical Methods 0 (Foundation) (MATH07001) OR Applicable Mathematics 1 (MATH08027) OR Applicable Mathematics 1 (Foundation) (MATH08028) OR Applicable Mathematics 0 (Foundation) (MATH07002) OR Mathematics for Informatics 1a (MATH08046) OR Mathematics for Informatics 1b (MINF08001) OR Applicable Mathematics 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08049) OR Mathematical Methods 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08050) OR
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 13:10 - 13:50
CentralLecture1-11 13:10 - 13:50
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 14:00 - 15:50or 09:00 - 10:50
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 09:00 - 10:50
or 14:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 13:10 - 13:50, Zone: Central. LT1 - Appleton Tower
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Mathematics for Physics 13:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that the student will
& Demonstrate understanding and work with basic algebra: manipulating algebraic expressions, completing squares, polynomials and factor theorem, quadratic and root equations.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with functions: inequalities, modulus functions, exponential and logarithms, curve sketching, series expansions, harmonic potentials.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with geometry and trigonometry: trigonometric functions, lines and circles, conic sections.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with complex numbers: algebra with i, argand diagram, Euler and de-Moivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with derivatives: differentiate standard functions, differentiate composite functions, higher derivatives, applications to simple physical problems.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with integrals: standard integrals, integrating by parts, integrating by substitution.
Assessment Information
20% coursework
80% examination
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Basic algebra: manipulating algebraic expressions, completing squares, polynomials and factor theorem, quadratic and root equations.
2. Functions: inequalities, modulus functions, exponential and logarithms, curve sketching.
3. More Functions: series expansion, harmonic oscillators.
4. Trigonometry: trigonometric functions, algebra with trigonometric functions.
5. Complex numbers: algebra with i, argand diagram, Euler and de-Moivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
6. Revision and consolidation.
7. Differentiation: differentiate standard functions, differentiate composite functions, higher derivatives, applications.
8. Integration: standard integrals, integrating by parts, integrating by substitution.
9. Differential Equations: linear first order DE, ordinary second order DE, simultaneous linear DE.
10. Vectors and Matrices: basic vector and matrix algebra, determinants etc.
11. Revision.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMfP1
Contacts
Course organiserDr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
Email: kristel.torokoff@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
Email: J.Wood@ed.ac.uk
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