Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 2 (PHYS08036)
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 
WebCT 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  This course is designed for prehonours 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. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
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 
Central  Lecture   111   13:10  13:50     Central  Lecture   111      13:10  13:50  King's Buildings  Tutorial  Workshop  Teaching Studio 3217, JCMB  111  14:00  15:50  or 09:00  10:50     King's Buildings  Tutorial  Workshop  Teaching Studio 3217, JCMB  111     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 coordinates, 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 
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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 
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Reading list 
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Study Abroad 
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Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords  MfP2 
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 

