Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Core Physics at Part 1 or MA11210 and MA11010 or MT11210 and MT11010
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2-hour lectures
Practical 10 x 2-hour practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   written examination  70%
Semester Assessment 2 TESTS  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Express common physical systems and relationships using the mathematical language of vectors, differential equations and Fourier theory;
2. Use vectors, vector algebra and different co-ordinate systems to solve physical problems in 3-dimensional space;
3. Apply different methods of solution to various types of differential equations;
4. Solve simple eigenvalue problems in the physical sciences;
5. Describe and explain the concepts of Fourier analysis, convolution and correlation and apply Fourier analysis techniques to problems in physical systems.

Brief description

This module develops a variety of mathematical theories: vector analysis, differential equations and Fourier analysis. These are applied to the modelling of, and solution of problems in, a wide selection of physical situations;electrostatics, magnetism, gravitation, mechanics, thermo-dynamics, plasma physics, atmospherics physics and fluid mechanics.


The module develops a mathematical approach to the modelling of physical systems. It is of fundamental importance for all honours degree schemes in Physics and is appropriate for many honours degree schemes in Mathematics.


Vector analysis: scalar and vector triple products, polar co-ordinates, 3-D scalar and vector fields, gradient, divergence and curl of 3-D fields, vector operators, line integrals, surface integrals.Differential equations: general order ordinary differential equations, simultaneous differential equations, partial differential equations, eigenvalue problems.Fourier analysis: Fourier analysis of signals, complementary parameters (e.g. frequency and time), Fourier transforms, power spectra. Course website :

Reading List

Recommended Text
Stroud, K. A. (2003.) Advanced engineering mathematics. Primo search Stroud, K. A. (2001.) Engineering mathematics /K. A. Stroud, with additions by Dexter Booth. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5