Mathematical Physics 1.2

Module code: PA1720

Module co-ordinator: Professor Emma Bunce

This module will continue your training in the fundamental mathematical techniques that are necessary for degree-level physics including Institute of Physics ‘core of physics’ material such as differential equations, matrices, and complex numbers.

To assist your studies you will receive, and work through, a departmentally produced textbook ‘Mathematical Physics vol. 2’. During this module you will develop transferrable skills in problem solving and communication, and the mathematical skills that are essential for the third year of this course.

Topics covered

  • Partial derivatives
  • Ordinary differential equations (first and second order)
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices
  • AC Theory


  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 22 hours of practicals/workshops


  • Coursework (30%)
  • Exam (70%)