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 a deep understanding of the underlying concepts and practice in applying them to solve problems. The course is centred on problem solving workshops, and supported by lectures. 
Course description 
The course content is divided into six sections, each with a dedicated workbook of worked examples and exercises:
1. Solving equations and simplifying the answer: Linear and quadratic equations; arithmetic with complex numbers; expansion and factorisation; combining and decomposing fractions.
2. Functions: Definition of a function and inverse; evenodd symmetries; trigonometric functions, their inverses and reciprocals; exponential and logarithm; modulus and argument of complex numbers; Euler's formula; hyperbolic functions; trigonometric and hyperbolic identities; roots of a polynomial in the complex plane; singularities.
3. Lines and regions in the plane: equation of a straight line; conic sections; graphical representation of modulus function and polynomials; graphical representation of products and ratios of functions; algebraic and graphical representation of scaling and translation operations; relationship between regions and inequalities.
4. Differentiation. Firstprinciples definition of a derivative and application to elementary functions; higher derivatives; product rule; chain rule; differentiating an inverse; tangent and normal to a curve; stationary points; preview of differential equations and partial derivatives.
5. Power series expansions. Power series as an approximation to a complicated function; Maclaurin and Taylor series expansion of elementary functions; ratio test for convergence; sums, products and ratios of power series; L'Hopital's rule for evaluating limits.
6. Integration. Definite and indefinite integrals. Improper integrals. Infinite range of integration. Integration by substitution and by parts. Common substitutions and other integration strategies.
Key concepts will be outlined in lectures. Students can get assistance in working through the workbooks at workshops, and a second set of workshops will be devoted to learning how to solve longer and more complex problems in groups.
Please note: this course is not available to students on School of Maths programmes.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 
Students MUST have passed:

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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 0 
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)  Mathematics for Physics 1 S1 Exam  3:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)  Mathematics for Physics 1 Resit Exam  3:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Demonstrate awareness of foundational concepts in algebra and calculus and how these apply to physical problems
 Select an appropriate method for solving a problem, and execute it methodically
 Identify and apply a variety of strategies to check a solution is correct without referring to a given answer
 Locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers and use of computer algebra packages where appropriate) to facilitate independent problemsolving
 Take responsibility for learning by attending lectures and workshops, completing coursework in a timely manner, and working effectively in a collaborative group setting

Reading List
Recommended textbook:
K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson and S. J. Bence. Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering: A Comprehensive Guide (Cambridge University Press).
Alternatives:
K. F. Riley and M. P. Hobson. Foundation Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2011). [Cheaper, cut down version of the recommended text covering the most essential material]
M. L. Boas. Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences (Wiley, 2006). [Covers the same content as the recommended text in a style that some students may prefer] 
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 Aidan Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 5229
Email: abrown20@staffmail.ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Ms Alexis Heeren
Tel:
Email: Alexis.Heeren@ed.ac.uk 

