Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in  ALL 

Major/Minor  ALL 
Course Type  
Offer in 2018  2019  Y N 
Course Code  PHYS2150 
Date  2019/07/23 19:15 
Enquiry for Course Details 
PHYS2150 Methods in physics I (6 credits)  Academic Year  2018  

Offering Department  Physics  Quota    
Course Coordinator  Dr F K Chow, Physics < judychow@hku.hk >  
Teachers Involved  (Dr F K Chow,Physics)  
Course Objectives  This course provides students with experience in using mathematical tools and techniques to solve problems in physics. It is complete in itself, or may also be followed by Methods in Physics II.  
Course Contents & Topics  Solutions of ordinary differential equations in first and second orders and their applications in particle dynamics, circuit theories and nuclear physics; Vector algebra; Analytic geometry in three dimensions; Vector functions; Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates; Partial derivatives, extremes of multivariable functions and the Taylor series in twovariable functions; Double and triple integrals in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates; Change of variables and the Jacobians; Calculations of centers of mass and moments of inertia.  
Course Learning Outcomes 
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:


Prerequisites (and Corequisites and Impermissible combinations) 
Pass in MATH1011 or MATH1013 or MATH1851 or PHYS1150  
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 ) 

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 1,2,3,4 > 2015 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 2015 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 > 

Offer in 2018  2019  Y 1st sem  Examination  Dec  
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 Susan J. Colley: Vector Calculus (Pearson, 2011, 4th edition) Joel Hass, Maurice D. Weir, and George B. Thomas Jr.: University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Pearson, 2016, 3rd edition) K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson, and S. J. Bence: Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering: A Comprehensive Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 3rd edition) Murray R. Spiegel: Schaum's Outline of Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (McGrawHill Education, 2009) 

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