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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Physics and Astronomy : Postgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Postgraduate Course: Problem Solving in Theoretical Physics (PGPH11085)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis first-semester course is compulsory for all students on the MSc programmes in Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Physics. It aims to consolidate, extend and expand students┐ Mathematical abilities, and to use these to develop problem-solving skills in Theoretical Physics. It will be taught via weekly workshops in which students will work in small groups to solve a wide range of problems. There are no formal lectures, but students are encouraged to use Methods of Mathematical Physics, Symmetries of Classical Mechanics, Lagrangian Dynamics and Complex Analysis lectures and/or course material in a supporting roll. Problems sheets from MoMP, SoCM, Lagrangian Dynamics, etc, will be supplemented by additional problems which develop further understanding.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Online Activities 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 61 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course students will have acquired the skills to:

1.Apply techniques of vector and tensor analysis and analytical dynamics to problems in theoretical physics
2.apply techniques of complex analysis, such as contour integrals and analytic continuation, to the study of problems in mathematical physics
3.calculate approximations to integrals by saddle point and other asymptotic expansion methods
4.be fluent in the use of Fourier and Laplace transformations to solve differential equations and derive asymptotic properties of solutions
5.solve partial differential equations with Green function techniques, taking examples from electromagnetism and quantum theory
6.apply these key mathematical techniques to a wide range of challenging problems in theoretical physics

Students will work individually and in groups to develop their analytic and problem solving skills, with input and tutorial support from postgrads and RAs.
Assessment Information
100% continuous assessment (weekly hand-ins)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus A course on application of advanced mathematical methods to problem solving in mathematical physics. The course will review and develop the theory of: vector and tensor analysis, calculus of variations, advanced complex analysis; asymptotic expansions; ordinary and partial differential equations, integral transform and Green function techniques; the generality of approaches will be emphasised and illustrative examples from electrodynamics, Lagrangian dynamics, quantum and statistical mechanics will be given.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsPSiTP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Roger Horsley
Tel: (0131 6)50 6481
Email: rhorsley@ph.ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Yuhua Lei
Tel: (0131 6) 517067
Email: yuhua.lei@ed.ac.uk
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