Mathematical Methods for Physics 2 (F3202)
15 credits, Level 4
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
- 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 and assessment
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Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 76 hours of contact time and about 74 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses: