Undergraduate Course: Mathematics for Physics 2 (PHYS08036)
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 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. 
Course description 
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
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 372 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
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
104 )

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 S2 (April/May)  Mathematics for Physics 2  3:180   Resit Exam Diet (August)  Mathematics for Physics 2  3:180  
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 coordinates, circular motion, projectiles.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  MfP2 
Contacts
Course organiser  Mr Ciprian Pruteanu
Tel:
Email: cip.pruteanu@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Ms Lucy DavisJenkins
Tel:
Email: ldavisj@ed.ac.uk 

