Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y N
Course Code PHYS2150
Date2019/07/23 19:15
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PHYS2150 Methods in physics I (6 credits) Academic Year 2018
Offering Department Physics Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator 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 multi-variable functions and the Taylor series in two-variable 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:

CLO 1 review the theory and principles of mathematical methods and compare the features of various methods
CLO 2 describe the connections between mathematical equations and physical problems
CLO 3 state and set up mathematical equations to describe the dynamics and evolution of physics systems
CLO 4 demonstrate knowledge of choosing correct solution of mathematical equations
CLO 5 interpret and judge the physical meaning of result after calculations
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites 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
A Demonstrate thorough mastery at an advanced level of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. Apply highly effective organizational and presentational skills.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Apply effective organizational and presentational skills.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Apply moderately effective organizational and presentational skills.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Apply limited or barely effective organizational and presentational skills.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Organization and presentational skills are minimally effective or ineffective.
Course Type Lecture-based course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Lectures 36
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self study 80
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 15 CLO 1,2,3,4,5
Examination 2 hour written exam 50 CLO 2,3,4
Test 35 CLO 1,2,3,4
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 (McGraw-Hill Education, 2009)
Course Website http://moodle.hku.hk
Additional Course Information NIL
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