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Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 2 (PHYS08036)

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 WebCT Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed for pre-honours physics students, primarily to further develop their mathematical and problem solving skills in the context of algebra and calculus, with increasing emphasis on physical applications. The aim of the course is to help the students apply mathematics to the solution of typical physics problems, developing fluency and confidence through practical problem solving. 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 1B: The Stuff of the Universe (PHYS08017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Geometry & Convergence (MATH08003) OR Group Theory: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (MATH08004) OR Mathematical Methods 2 (MATH08032) OR Mathematical Methods 1 (Foundation) (MATH08030) OR Applicable Mathematics 2 (MATH08031) OR Applicable Mathematics 1 (Foundation) (MATH08028) OR Applicable Mathematics 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08049) OR Mathematical Methods 1+2 (Physics) (MATH08050) OR Mathematics for Informatics 2a (MINF08002) OR Mathematics for Informatics 2b (MATH08047)
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 2, 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 BuildingsTutorialWorkshop - Teaching Studio 3217, JCMB1-11 14:00 - 15:50or 09:00 - 10:50
King's BuildingsTutorialWorkshop - Teaching Studio 3217, JCMB1-11 09:00 - 10:50
or 14:00 - 15:50
First Class First class information not currently available
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that student will
& Demonstrate understanding and work with differential equations: linear first order, ordinary second order, simultaneous linear DE, the harmonic oscillator, stable and unstable equilibrium.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with vectors and matrices: basic vector and matrix algebra, determinants, inverses, statics, friction, systems of forces, moments, resolving forces into components, Coulomb electrostatics.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with time dependent vectors: velocity and acceleration, Newtonian dynamics, pulleys and springs, energy conservation, work, angular momentum, torque.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with curvilinear motion: tangents, cartesian and polar coordinates, dynamics in polar co-ordinates, circular motion, projectiles.
& Demonstrate understanding and work with probability: discrete probability, conditional probability, application to error analysis, basic line fitting.
Assessment Information
20% coursework
80% examination
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The focus of this course will be the application of mathematics to simple physics problems.
1. Vectors I: in statics and electrostatics.
2. Vectors II: applications in static friction and moments.
3. Time dependance and Vectors: applications from dynamics.
4. Curvilinear motion: cartesian coordinates.
5. Curvilinear motion: curvilinear coordinates and polar coordinates.
6. Revision and consolidation.
7. Partial Derivatives:
8. Probability: discrete probability, conditional probability
9. Error Analysis: basic line fitting.
10. Probability Distributions:
11. Revision and consolidation.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMfP2
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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