Module Identifier PH16010  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Eleri Pryse  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Dr Eleri Pryse  
Pre-Requisite Normal entry requirements for Part I Physics  
Mutually Exclusive PH16520  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
  Other   Weekly Workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours end of semester examination60%
Semester Assessment Test at the end of Michaelmas term  10%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Example Sheets. Deadlines are given in the Year 1 Example Sheet schedule distributed by the Department.30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Mathematical problem solving is a fundamental skill in Physics that is also highly valued in the workplace. This module is aimed at enabling students to apply the mathematical techniques required to solve physical problems. Provision will be through lectures, weekly workshops and example sheets.

Physics Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend PH16520 lectures and workshops in the second semester.


Foundation Topics:
Polynominal arithmetic, algebra, equations, partial fractions, trigonometry, Binominal series, differentiation, integration, functions.
Complex Numbers
Hyperbolic Functions
Determinants and matrices

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
K.A. Stroud Engineering Mathematics MacMillan
** Supplementary Text
M.L. Boas Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Wiley


This module is at CQFW Level 4