Mathematical Methods for Physics 1 (F3201)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

Topics covered include:

  • vectors
  • functions
  • differentiation
  • stationary points, local/global minima/maxima; graph sketching
  • integration
  • power series
  • complex numbers
  • matrices and determinants.

Computer algebra examples will be embedded throughout.


61%: Lecture
19%: Practical
19%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Peer-review exercise)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 53 hours of contact time and about 97 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: