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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 None 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 It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016)
Students MUST have passed: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035) OR Introduction to Linear Algebra (MATH08057)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
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 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.

Assessment Information
20% coursework
80% examination
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The focus of this course will be the application of mathematics to simple physics problems.
1. Vector Algebra (addition, subtraction, scalar and cross product, determinants)
2. Simultaneous Linear Equations
3. Matrix Algebra and Determinants
4. Differentiating and Integrating Vectors
5. First Order Ordinary Differential Equations
6. Polar Coordinates (planar polar, spherical, normal/tangential)
7. Applications on simple Statics and Dynamics problems
8. Second Order Ordinary Differential Equations
9. Harmonic Oscillator
10. Stable and Unstable Equilibrium

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
Course secretaryMs Dawn Hutcheon
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
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