Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course is designed for pre-honours 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)
||Co-requisites|| It is RECOMMENDED that students also take
Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||No
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||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 de-Moivre, 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.
||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 de-Moivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
6. Differentiation: differentiate standard functions, composite functions, higher derivatives, applications.
8. Integration: standard integrals, integrating by substitution, integrating by parts, applications.
|Course organiser||Dr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
|Course secretary||Ms Dawn Hutcheon
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
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