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766101P Mathematics for physics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766101P  Validity 01.01.2015 -
Name Mathematics for physics  Abbreviation Mathematics for 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits  / 133 hours of work

Language of instruction 

Finnish, the course can be completed in English


First autumn, period 1

Learning outcomes 

The course quickly provides the student the basic mathematical knowledge and skills required in physical sciences. The objective is to learn the basics of differential and integral calculus, methods for solving the most typical first and second order differential equations and the basics of vector differential calculus. After the course the student understands the basic mathematical methods needed in physics and is able to apply them to problems arising in the different physics courses and in research. Another objective is also to understand the geometrical meaning of different mathematical concepts and their connection to physical phenomena.


Integral and differential calculus, complex variables and functions, introduction to differential equations, vectors, functions of several variables, differentials and partial derivatives, gradient, divergence, curl, scalar and vector fields, Gauss’s and Stokes theorem.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 14 h, exercises 28 h, self-study 90 h

Target group 

Primarily for students who study Physics in the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

No specific prerequisities

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes and the textbook R. A. Adams, Calculus - A Complete Course. 

Assessment methods and criteria 

Continuous evaluation and final examination


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 is fail

Person responsible 

Seppo Alanko

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period

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Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Mathematics for physics  Course  Jussi Malila  01.08.21 -31.08.21
Registration Mathematics for physics  Course  Seppo Alanko  31.08.21 -19.10.21

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