766101P Mathematics for physics, 5 ECTS cr
Code 
766101P 
Validity 
01.01.2015 

Name 
Mathematics for physics 
Abbreviation 
Mathematics for 
Scope  5 ECTS cr 


Type  Basic Studies 
Discipline  3251 Physics 
Type  Course 




Grading  1  5, pass, fail 
 
 


 
Unit 
Field of Physics 

Teachers
Description
ECTS Credits 
5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work 
Language of instruction 
Finnish, the course can be completed in English 
Timing 
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. 
Contents 
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 
Facetoface teaching 
Learning activities and teaching methods 
Lectures 14 h, exercises 28 h, selfstudy 90 h 
Target group 
Primarily for students who study Physics in the University of Oulu. 
Prerequisites and corequisites 
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 
Grading 
Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 is fail 
Person responsible 
Seppo Alanko 
Working life cooperation 
No work placement period 
Other information 
moodle.oulu.fi 

Current and future instruction
No instruction in WebOodi 
Future examinations
No examinations in WebOodi 