Mathematical Methods for Physics module (PH31008)
Mathematical methods are essential for physics because they provide a powerful language for describing and analysing physical phenomena.
In this module, you will cover the core mathematics which underpins much of the honours physics programme. The module takes a more physical and less abstract approach to mathematics wherever possible and highlights real-world examples to help with your understanding of the topics. You can transfer the skills acquired from this module to several others.
Vector calculus: line and surface integrals involving scalar or vector fields, Gauss’s divergence theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and Green’s theorem
Systems of linear equations in n dimensions
Fourier transforms and the convolution theorem
The heat/diffusion equation
Solutions of partial differential equations via separation of variables and direct integration
Determinants and matrices. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.