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This course introduces key mathematical methods required in more advanced physics courses. The mathematical methods introduced in this course will be key to understand courses such as Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics. The importance of the mathematical and computational methods discussed in this course goes beyond being useful for other physics courses, as they will provide you with key analytical tools to approach a large variety of problems, also relevant for your career after University.
Study Type  Undergraduate  Level  3 

Session  First Sub Session  Credit Points  15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits) 
Campus  Aberdeen  Sustained Study  No 
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This part of the course enables the students to learn and understand essential mathematical methods and tools in theoretical and applied physics and related scientific subjects. Some mathematical ideas and theorems being covered may appear rather abstract and surprising in the first place but can prove to be key to understanding the depth and generality of physical principles that underpin modern physics, information science, and complex phenomena etc. The main topics covered in each teaching week in this part of the course are: Paths, Fields, Line Integrals, Multiple Integrals, Green and Divergence Theorems in 2Dimensions, Green and Divergence Theorems in 3Dimensions, Ordinary Differential Equations, Fourier Transform, and Partial Differential Equations.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Assessment Type  Summative  Weighting  20  

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Knowledge Level  Thinking Skill  Outcome 

Procedural  Apply  Develop mathematical skills in one, two, and three dimensional integrations and establish their basic applications in fundamental and applied areas in physical sciences 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of lines and paths and their mathematical descriptions. 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of fields and their mathematical descriptions 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the properties of differential equations at the ordinary and partial levels and their applications 
Assessment Type  Summative  Weighting  60  

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Knowledge Level  Thinking Skill  Outcome 

Procedural  Apply  Develop mathematical skills in one, two, and three dimensional integrations and establish their basic applications in fundamental and applied areas in physical sciences 
Procedural  Apply  Understand the constructions of Fourier Transform and their basic applications in physics, data science, and signal analysis 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of lines and paths and their mathematical descriptions. 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of fields and their mathematical descriptions 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the properties of differential equations at the ordinary and partial levels and their applications 
Assessment Type  Summative  Weighting  20  

Assessment Weeks  Feedback Weeks  
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Knowledge Level  Thinking Skill  Outcome 

Procedural  Apply  Develop mathematical skills in one, two, and three dimensional integrations and establish their basic applications in fundamental and applied areas in physical sciences 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of fields and their mathematical descriptions 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the properties of differential equations at the ordinary and partial levels and their applications 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of lines and paths and their mathematical descriptions. 
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Assessment Type  Summative  Weighting  100  

Assessment Weeks  Feedback Weeks  
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Knowledge Level  Thinking Skill  Outcome 

Knowledge Level  Thinking Skill  Outcome 

Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of lines and paths and their mathematical descriptions. 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the physical nature of fields and their mathematical descriptions 
Procedural  Understand  Understand the properties of differential equations at the ordinary and partial levels and their applications 
Procedural  Apply  Develop mathematical skills in one, two, and three dimensional integrations and establish their basic applications in fundamental and applied areas in physical sciences 
Procedural  Apply  Understand the constructions of Fourier Transform and their basic applications in physics, data science, and signal analysis 
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