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

Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  226
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, 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 112 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% coursework
80% examination
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding and work with basic algebra: manipulating algebraic expressions, completing squares, polynomials and factor theorem, quadratic and root equations.
  2. Demonstrate understanding and work with functions: inequalities, modulus functions, exponential and logarithms, curve sketching, trigonometric functions, lines and circles, conic sections; series expansions.
  3. Demonstrate understanding and work with complex numbers: algebra with i, argand diagram, Euler and de-Moivre, trigonometric functions revisited.
  4. Demonstrate understanding and work with derivatives: differentiate standard functions, differentiate composite functions, higher derivatives, applications to simple physical problems.
  5. Demonstrate understanding and work with integrals: standard integrals, integrating by substitution, integrating by parts.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 lectures and 2 out of 4 workshops.
KeywordsMfP1
Contacts
Course organiserDr Richard Blythe
Tel: (0131 6)50 5105
Email: R.A.Blythe@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Helen Walker
Tel: (0131 6)50 7741
Email: hwalker7@ed.ac.uk
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