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# Mathematical, Computational & Professional Skills 1 - PHY00031C

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• Department: Physics
• Module co-ordinator: Dr. Chris Murphy
• Credit value: 20 credits
• Credit level: C
• Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

## Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 1 2023-24

## Module learning outcomes

Mathematics:

• Understand the difference between scalars and vectors and demonstrate an ability to use vectors to understand physical systems.

• Understand the importance of complex numbers and be able to use them in a variety of applications for example the roots of polynomials.

• Demonstrate an understanding of differentiation and integration in 1D and be able to use common methods to compute these.

• Understand the meaning of partial derivatives and be able to calculate them in situations such as series expansions in multiple dimensions.

• Understand the importance of first and second order differential equations and know how to solve them to analyse physical systems.

Computation:

• Know how to construct a basic Python script and apply it to solve a physics problem.

Professional Skills:

• Understand how the skills gained as a physicist provide preparation for employment in the future and communicate these ideas effectively.

• Reflect upon your skills with a view to developing your transferable, practical and knowledge skills as you begin your development as a physicist.

• Understand the concept of scientific enterprise, the diverse roles and sectors available to physicists and engage with constructive personal development activities.

• Demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and applicability of basic statistics including probabilities, the binomial, Poisson and normal distributions, errors, and the standard error.

• Be aware of scientific ethical issues.

• Use computer software for numerical and graphing applications in physics.

## Module content

Vectors: Scalars vs. Vectors, algebraic manipulation of vectors, methods of expressing vectors, scalar and vector products, vector equations of a plane and a line.

Basic Matrices: Basic matrix types and basic matrix algebra. The determinant and its relevance to the cross product.

Sequences and Series: Arithmetic and geometric series, limits, hyperbolic functions, Maclaurin and Taylor expansions in 1D.

Complex Numbers: Representation in various forms, complex solutions of equations, the Argand diagram.

Differentiation: Recap of chain and product rules, higher order derivatives, partial derivatives, use of partial derivatives in series expansions in more than one variable.

Differential Equations: First order differential equations: separation of variable and integrating factor, homogeneous and non-homogeneous second order differential equations.

Integration: Standard integrals, integration by substitution, integration by parts in 1D. Applications in physics.

Computation: Introduction to Python: introducing variable, functions, conditions, loops, lists and arrays.

Professional Skills: Academic integrity, ethics, introductions to scientific communication, problem solving, study skills, career planning, disability disclosure, personal development, skills-gathering, employability, information retrieval, IT and Office applications, concepts in probability and statistics, experimental measurement techniques, plotting scientific data, recording data and analysing errors, use of the library and information retrieval.

## Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Mathematical, Computational & Professional Skills 1
2.5 hours 60
Essay/coursework
Professional Skills Assignments
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Computational Assignments
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Physics Practice Questions
N/A 15

Non-reassessable

### Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Mathematical, Computational & Professional Skills 1
2.5 hours 60
Essay/coursework
Computational Assignment
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Professional Skills Assignments
N/A 10

## Module feedback

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