Module Identifier 
PH06520 
Module Title 
INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICISTS II 
Academic Year 
2001/2002 
Coordinator 
Coleg Ceredigion Staff 
Semester 
Semester 2 
Other staff 
Coleg Ceredigion Staff 
PreRequisite 
GCSE Maths or equivalent 
CoRequisite 
PH06020 
Mutually Exclusive 
Not available to 3 year BSc or 4 year MPhys 
Assessment 
Course work  2 Open book assignments  20% 

Exam  3 Hours end of semester exam  80% 
Module description
This second module on theoretical methods introduces the student to some more of the basic mathematical tools commonly used in the physical sciences, and develops some of the topics used in the first module. Topics covered include differentiation techniques and applications, integration and some of its applications to physics and rate of change problems, sequences, series and matrices. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of matematical techniques to solve physical problems.
Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Use and apply integration and differentiation with some notion of the relevance of these topics to physics.

Solve problems on arithmetic and geometric progressions and the Binomial theorem.

Carry out simple processes using matrices and determinants.
Additional learning activities
The teaching of this module incorporates a large element of selfpaced problem solving for both individual and tutorial work. This is essential to consolidate students understanding of the subject matter of the module.
All sessions are compulsory.
Outline syllabus
Differentiation techniques: Standard derivatives, function of a function, products and quotients, logarithmic differentiation, differentiation of implicit and parametric functions.
Applications of differentiation: Small increments and rate of change problems.
Integration techniques: Indefinite integration, integration as summation, definite integration, standard integrals, integration by substitution and by parts.
Applications of Integration: Area under curves, volumes of revolution, lengths of arcs.
Sequences and series: Arithmetic and geometric progressions. Binomial theorem.
Introduction to matrices and determinants.
Reading Lists
Books
** Recommended Text
Bostock and Chandler.
Core Mathematics for A level. 0748700676
Sadler and Thorning.
Understanding Pure Mathematics. 0199142432
** Supplementary Text
K.A. Stroud.
Engineering Mathematics. 5th. 0333919394