Module Identifier | PH16520 | ||

Module Title | THEORETICAL AND NUMERICAL PHYSICS | ||

Academic Year | 2001/2002 | ||

Co-ordinator | Dr Philip Cadman | ||

Semester | Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters) | ||

Other staff | Dr James Whiteway, Dr Nicholas Mitchell, Dr Xing Li | ||

Pre-Requisite | Normal entry requirements for Honours Physics degree | ||

Co-Requisite | Part 1 core modules | ||

Mutually Exclusive | PH16010 | ||

Course delivery | Lecture | 36 lectures | |

Workshop | 4 Example Classes | ||

Assessment | Course work | Example Sheets 1,2,3,4,7,10,11,12,13,14,17 and 19
Deadlines are given in the Year 1 Example Sheet schedule distributed by the Department | 30% |

Exam | 3 Hours End of semester examination | 70% |

Problem solving and numeracy are fundamental requirements in Physics and highly valued skills in the work place. This module is aimed at enabling students to solve numerical problems and to perform basic operations in calculus. Provision will be through lectures, weekly example sheets and problem solving seminars based on the applications of elementary vectors, complex numbers, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations encountered in Part 1 Physics.

After taking this module students should be able to:

- Understand the utility of elementary vectors, complex numbers, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations for analysis in Physics.
- Apply the mathematical problem solving techniques developed to treat a range of simple physical systems.
- Answer straight forward numerical and calculus related problems in Physics.

(a) Differential Equations

Introduction and definition of terms Solving simple DEs by direct integration

Linear first order DEs, both homogeneous and inhomogeneous solved by three methods:

i) The method of separation of variables.

ii) The integrating factor method.

iii) Direct integration by product rule.

Second order linear DEs with constant coefficients. Defining the auxiliary equation

Homogeneous case - forcing function = 0. Inhomogeneous case - solutions if forcing function is:

i) polynomial.

ii) exponential.

iii) sinusoidal.

(Introduction to Partial Differentiation)

(b) Vectors

Scalar and vector quantities. Vector notation and unit vectors. Vector addition, scalar and vector products, rates of change of vectors

(c) Complex Numbers

Real and imaginary numbers. Complex numbers and their operations.

Graphical representation of complex numbers: the Argand diagram and polar form. Elementary functions of a complex variable: Euler's formula, trigonometric, hyperbolic and logarithmic functions.

Powers and roots of a complex number - de Moivre's theorem.

Phasors.

K.A.Stroud.

M.L. Boas.