Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Course type  Standard 
Availability  Available to all students 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) 
Credits  20 
Home subject area  Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) 
Other subject area  None 
Course website 
None 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  This course is designed for prehonours 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. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
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 
Central  Lecture   111   13:10  13:50     Central  Lecture   111      13:10  13:50  King's Buildings  Tutorial   211  14:00  15:50  or 09:00  10:50     King's Buildings  Tutorial   211     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 1  3:00    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 deMoivre, 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 
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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 deMoivre, 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 
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Reading list 
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Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
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Keywords  MfP1 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
Email: kristel.torokoff@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Jennifer Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
Email: J.Wood@ed.ac.uk 

