Mathematical Methods for Physics 2 (F3202)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

In this module, you cover:

Integration of scalar and vector fields:

  • surface integrals of functions of two variables using cartesian and polar coordinates
  • surface integrals of functions of three variables using cartesian, spherical polar and cylindrical polar coordinates
  • volume integrals of functions of three variables using cartesian, spherical polar and cylindrical polar coordinates
  • line integrals along two- and three-dimensional curves

Differentiation:

  • partial differentiation of functions of several variables
  • definition and interpretation of partial derivatives
  • partial derivatives of first and higher order

Differentiation of scalar and vector fields:

  • directional derivative
  • gradient, divergence and curl and their properties
  • theorems of Gauss, Stokes and their applications

The computer lab component of the course will introduce you to Python.

Teaching

43%: Lecture
42%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)
14%: Seminar

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Problem Set, Software Exercise)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 76 hours of contact time and 74 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.