Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  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. 
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 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.

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 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
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:
 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, trigonometric functions, lines and circles, conic sections; series expansions.
 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.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Additional Class Delivery Information 
2 lectures and 2 out of 4 workshops. 
Keywords  MfP1 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Richard Blythe
Tel: (0131 6)50 5105
Email: R.A.Blythe@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Helen Walker
Tel: (0131 6)50 7741
Email: hwalker7@ed.ac.uk 

