PHY120 and PHY165
Academic year 2015-2016
Dr. Vitaly Kudryavtsev (module leader) – E45, tel.: 2224531; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Matthew Mears – D29, tel.: 2224289; email@example.com
Mr. Jim Weston – F25, tel.: 2224547; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Emiliano Cancellieri – E13a, tel.: 2223550; email@example.com
Dr. Francesco Hautmann – D19, tel.: 2223544; firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. David Whittaker – E12b, tel.: 2223537; email@example.com
Dr. Maxim Makhonin – E13, tel.: 2223522; firstname.lastname@example.org
PHY120 is a year-long module worth 30 credits. Out of these, 20 credits (44 lectures) are in the autumn semester and 10 credits (22 lectures) are in the spring semester. The module is core for all students taking any programme in the Department of Physics and Astronomy except Theoretical Physicists who opted for taking MAS110 in the School of Mathematics and Statistics in the Autumn semester. Those theorists are taking PHY165 instead of PHY120. They will need to attend Unit 2 (Vectors) of PHY120 in the Autumn semester (3 lectures) and take a test that will contribute 5% to their PHY165 module mark. They will also attend all lectures, problem classes and the exam in the Spring semester.
In the first semester there will be 4 lectures, 2 hours of problem classes, one homework and one online exercise per week. Homework and online exercises each contribute 10% to the total module mark. Formal written examinations at the end of the semesters contributes 80% to the total mark for the semester. The 1st semester (exam and the coursework) contributes 2/3 to the total module mark, whereas the 2nd semester contributes 1/3.
Units and lecture notes for the 1st semester:
Unit 1: Functions and differentiation – Dr. Vitaly Kudryavtsev, notes.
Unit 2: Introduction to vectors – Dr. Emilliano Cancellieri, notes.
Unit 4: Integration – Dr. Matthew Mears.
Unit 5: Differential equations – Dr. Vitaly Kudryavtsev, notes.
Unit 6: Matrices – Mr. Jim Weston, notes.
“Introductory Maths for Physicists and Astronomers”, compiled by David Mowbray (ed. Pearson) – The book will be purchased by the Department and given to the students at the beginning of the term.
Units for the 2nd semester:
Unit 7: Vectors and differentiation; gradient, divergence and curl – Prof. David Whittaker, notes.
Unit 8: Multiple integrals and vector calculus – Dr. Francesco Hautmann, notes.
Unit 9: Probability – Dr. Maxim Makhonin, notes.