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. 
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  It is RECOMMENDED that students also take
Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016)

Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  None 
Additional Costs  None 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?  No 
Course Delivery Information

Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)

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:
200
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 12,
Summative Assessment Hours 5,
Revision Session Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
104 )

Additional Notes 

Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

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 substitution, integrating by parts.

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. Series expansion
4. Trigonometry: trigonometric functions, algebra with trigonometric functions.
5. Complex numbers: algebra with i, Argand diagram, Euler and deMoivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
6. Differentiation: differentiate standard functions, composite functions, higher derivatives, applications.
8. Integration: standard integrals, integrating by substitution, integrating by parts, applications.

Transferable skills 
Not entered 
Reading list 
Not entered 
Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords  MfP1 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
Email: kristel.torokoff@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Ms Dawn Hutcheon
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
Email: Dawn.Hutcheon@ed.ac.uk 

