Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 2 (PHYS08036)
|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
|Summary||This 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.
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
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial 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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kristel Torokoff
Tel: (0131 6)50 5270
|Course secretary||Miss Helen Walker
Tel: (0131 6)50 7741