Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in  ALL 

Major/Minor  ALL 
Course Type  
Offer in 2018  2019  Y N 
Course Code  PHYS1150 
Date  2019/07/23 19:14 
Enquiry for Course Details 
PHYS1150 Problem solving in physics (6 credits)  Academic Year  2018  

Offering Department  Physics  Quota    
Course Coordinator  Dr M K Yip, Physics < mankit@.hku.hk >  
Teachers Involved  (Dr M K Yip,Physics)  
Course Objectives  This is the first course in our course series that introduces problem solving, mathematical and computational skill sets that are commonly used in the study of universitylevel physics. Instead of adopting a cookbook approach, we focus on training students how to think and work as physicists through tackling simple physics problems by both analytical and numerical means. After completion, interested students may take the second level courses in this series, namely, PHYS2150 and/or PHYS2155. (Knowledge of Module 1 or Module 2 in HKDSE Mathematics, or MATH1011, or equivalent is advantageous, though not required.)  
Course Contents & Topics  This course trains students to think and act as physicists by introducing basic problem solving, mathematical and computational skills that are commonly used in the study of universitylevel physics. Topics include: the use of vectors and their operations, differentiation, integration, differential equations, several variables differentiation, matrix operation, conic sections, complex numbers, and rudiment of numerical methods in tackling simple physics problems. Basic MATLAB commands will be introduced and used in this course.  
Course Learning Outcomes 
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:


Prerequisites (and Corequisites and Impermissible combinations) 
Level 3 or above in HKDSE Physics or equivalent, or Pass in PHYS1240  
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 
2018 Major in Physics
(
Disciplinary Elective
)
2018 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2017 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2017 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2017 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2016 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2016 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2016 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2015 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2015 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2015 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective ) 2014 Major in Physics ( Core/Compulsory ) 

Course to PLO Mapping 
2018 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2017 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2017 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2016 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2016 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2016 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2015 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,4 > 2015 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2015 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2014 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 

Offer in 2018  2019  Y 1st sem 2nd sem  Examination  Dec May  
Offer in 2019  2020  Y  
Course Grade  A+ to F  
Grade Descriptors 


Course Type  Lecturebased course  
Course Teaching & Learning Activities 


Assessment Methods and Weighting 


Required/recommended reading and online materials 
Lecture notes provided by Course Coordinator R. Shankar: Basic Training in Mathematics  A Fitness Program for Science (Springer, 1995) Steven C. Chapra: Applied Numerical Methods with MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists (McGrawHill Education, 2017, 4th edition) Joel R. Hass, Maurice D. Weir, and George B. Thomas, Jr: University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Pearson, 2015, 3rd edition) 

Course Website  http://moodle.hku.hk  
Additional Course Information  NIL 
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