2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS2370 Maths 3- Matrices and Operators
10 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Dr Arend Dijkstra
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsPHYS 1290 MATHS 1
PHYS 1300 MATHS 2
|PHYS1290||Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors|
|PHYS1300||Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryFluency in mathematical techniques is essential for solving physics problems. This module introduces vector calculus and linear algebra concepts and techniques indispensable for modern physics, including electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Exercises that allow practicing actual calculations are an integral and important part of the module.
ObjectivesManipulate numerical and other quantitative information, and apply manipulative skills to the solution of problems.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- evaluate integrals using the theorems of Green, Stokes and Gauss and be able to apply these theorems to physics problems;
- multiply matrices and evaluate determinants;
- solve a set of linear equations;
- invert matrices and find their eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- know the properties of Hermitian matrices and be able to use them in physics problems.
Basic mathematical methods needed in all branches of science.
Line, surface and volume integrals, i.e integration along curves, over areas and volumes. Use of spherical and cylindrical polar coordinates.
Integral theorems of Green, Stokes and Gauss. Application of these concepts to physics problems.
Multiplication of matrices, inverses and linear transformations. Determinants and the solution of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Diagonalisation of matrices, real symmetric matrices, Hermitian matrices, their eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and physics applications.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||67.00|
|Total Contact hours||33.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyHomework assignments: 15 hours;
Reading and assimilation: 32 hours;
Exam preparation: 20 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackHomework assignments.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Regular marked assignments||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
Students are required to pass all the coursework and exam elements of this module in order to pass the module overall.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 22/08/2019
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