# Physics and Mathematics BSc (Joint Hons)

- Course length: 3 years
- UCAS code: FG31
- Year of entry: 2018
- Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD

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### Module details

#### Year One Compulsory Modules

##### Calculus I (MATH101)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**1. To introduce the basic ideas of differential and integral calculus, to develop the basic skills required to work with them and to apply these skills to a range of problems.

2. To introduce some of the fundamental concepts and techniques of real analysis, including limits and continuity.

3. To introduce the notions of sequences and series and of their convergence.

**Learning Outcomes**differentiate and integrate a wide range of functions;

sketch graphs and solve problems involving optimisation and mensuration

understand the notions of sequence and series and apply a range of tests to determine if a series is convergent

##### Introduction to Linear Algebra (MATH103)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**- To develop techniques of complex numbers and linear algebra, including equation solving, matrix arithmetic and the computation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- To develop geometrical intuition in 2 and 3 dimensions.
- To introduce students to the concept of subspace in a concrete situation.
- To provide a foundation for the study of linear problems both within mathematics and in other subjects.

**Learning Outcomes**manipulate complex numbers and solve simple equations involving them

solve arbitrary systems of linear equations

understand and use matrix arithmetic, including the computation of matrix inverses

compute and use determinants

understand and use vector methods in the geometry of 2 and 3 dimensions

calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors and, if time permits, apply these calculations to the geometry of conics and quadrics

##### Thermal Physics (PHYS102)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**60:40 **Aims**The module aims to make the student familiar with

- The concepts of Thermal Physics
- The zeroth, first and second laws of Thermodynamics
- Heat engines
- The kinetic theory of gasses
- Entropy
- The equation of state
- Van der Waals equation
- States of matter and state changes
- The basis of statistical mechanics

**Learning Outcomes**Construct a temperature scale and understand how to calibrate a thermometer with that scale

Calculate the heat flow into and work done by a system and how that is constrained by the first law of Thermodynamics

Analyse the expected performance of heat engines, heat pumps and refrigerators

Relate the second law of thermodynamics to the operation of heat engines, particularly the Carnot engine

Understand the kinetic theory of gases and calculate properties of gases including the heat capacity and mean free path

Use the theory of equipartition to relate the structure of the molecules to the measured heat capacity

Calculate the linear and volume thermal expansions of materials

Understand the basis of entropy and relate this to the second law of thermodynamics andcalculate entropy changesRelate the equation of state for a material to the macroscopic properties of the material

Understand the PV and PT diagrams for materials and the phase transitions that occur when changing the state variables for materials

Be able to link the microscopic view of a system to its macroscopic state variables##### Working With Physics I (PHYS105)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**- To develop skills with spreadsheets
- To develop skills in using computers to perform mathematical calculations
- To illustrate the insight into physics which can be obtained by exploiting computational software packages
- To improve science students'' skills in communicating scientific information in appropriate written and oral formats

**Learning Outcomes**Ability to use spreadsheets and mathematical packages to calculate and graph mathematical equations.

Ability to apply mathematical software packages to physics problems

Ability to communicate more confidently

Understanding of some of the key factors in successful communication

##### Calculus II (MATH102)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**· To discuss local behaviour of functions using Taylor’s theorem.

· To introduce multivariable calculus including partial differentiation, gradient, extremum values and double integrals.

**Learning Outcomes**use Taylor series to obtain local approximations to functions;

obtain partial derivaties and use them in several applications such as, error analysis, stationary points change of variables

evaluate double integrals using Cartesian and Polar Co-ordinates

##### Newtonian Mechanics (MATH122)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**To provide a basic understanding of the principles of Classical Mechanics and their application to simple dynamical systems.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the module students should be able to analyse real world problems

involving:

- the motions of bodies under simple force systems

- conservation laws for momentum and energy

- rigid body dynamics using centre of mass,

angular momentum and moments of inertia**Learning Outcomes**

After completing the module students should be able to analyse

real-world problems involving:the motions of bodies under simple force systems

conservation laws for momentum and energy

rigid body dynamics using centre of mass, angular momentum and moments

oscillation, vibration, resonance

##### Wave Phenomena (PHYS103)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**60:40 **Aims**- To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of wave phenomena.
- To highlight the many diverse areas of physics in which an understanding of waves is crucial.
- To introduce the concepts of interference and diffraction.

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of oscillators.
- Understand the fundamental principles underlying wave phenomena.
- Apply those principles to diverse phenomena.
- Understand wave reflection and transmission, superposition of waves.
- Solve problems on the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in vacuo and in dielectric materials.
- Understand linear and circular polarisation.
- Understand inteference and diffraction effects.
- Understand lenses and optical instruments.
- Apply Fourier techniques and understand their link to diffraction patterns.
- Understand the basic principles of lasers.

##### Foundations of Modern Physics (PHYS104)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**60:40 **Aims**- To introduce the theory of special relativity and its experimental proofs.
- To carry out calculations using relativity and visualise them.
- To introduce the concepts and the experimental foundations of quantum theory.
- To carry out simple calculations related to quantum mechanical problem tasks.
- To show the impact of relativity and quantum theory on contemporary science and society.

**Learning Outcomes**An understanding why classical mechanics must have failed to describe the properties of light, the motion of objects with speeds close to the speed of light and the properties of microspopic systems.

A basic knowledge on the experimental and theoretical concepts which founded modern physics, i.e. that either relativity or quantum theory or both are needed to explain certain phenomena.

A knowledge of the postulates of special relativity.

An understanding of the concept of spacetime, of the relativity of length, time and velocity.

An ability to apply the Lorentz transformation and the concept of Lorentz invariance to simple cases

An ability to apply the equations of relativistic energy, momentum and rest mass.

An understanding of the Doppler effect for light and visualisation of relativistic effects.

An ability to solve problems based on special relativity.

An understanding why quantum theory is the conceptual framework to understand the microscopic properties of the universe.

An understanding of the quantum theory of light and the ability to apply the energy-momentum conservation for light, e.g. photo-electric effect, Compton effect.

An understanding of the structure of atoms and its experimental foundations.

An understanding of Bohr''s theory of the atom and its application to the H-atom including the concept of principal quantum numbers.

An understanding of de Broglie waves and their statistical interpretation.

An ability to explain the experimental evidence of de Broglie waves with scattering experiments of electrons, X-rays and neutrons.

An understanding of the principles of quantum mechanical measurements and Heisenberg''s uncertainty principle.

An understanding of the identity principle of microscopic particles and the basic idea of quantum (Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein) statistics.

A basic knowledge of contemporary applications of quantum theory and relativity, e.g. nuclear reactor and nuclear fissions, and the impact on our society.

##### Practical Skills for Mathematical Physics (PHYS156)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**- To improve science students'' skills in communicating scientific information in appropriate written and oral formats
- To provide a core of essential introductory laboratory methods which overlap and develop from A-level
- To introduce the basis of experimental techniques in physical measurement, the use of computer techniques in analysis and to provide experience doing experiments, keeping records and writing reports

**Learning Outcomes**Appreciation of the practical nature of physics

Awareness of the importance of accurate experimentation, particularly obervation and record keeping

Ability to plan, execute and report on the results of an investigation using appropriate analysis of the data and associated uncertainties

Practical and technical skill required for physics experimentation and an appreciation of the importance of a systematic approach to experimental measurement.

Problem solving skills of a practical nature

Analytical skills in the analysis of the data

Investgative skills in performing the experiment and extracting information from various sources with which to compare the results

Ability to organise their time and meet deadlines

### Programme Year Two

In the second and subsequent years, there is a wide range of modules. For the programme that you choose there may be no compulsory modules (although you may have to choose a few from a subset such as Pure Mathematics).

If you make a different choice, you will find that one or more modules have to be taken. Each year you will choose the equivalent of eight modules. To give you an idea of the rich variety, see the titles below. Please note that we regularly review our teaching so the choice of modules may change.

#### Year Two Compulsory Modules

##### Introduction to the Methods of Applied Mathematics (MATH224)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**90:10 **Aims**To provide a grounding in elementary approaches to solution of some of the standard partial differential equations encountered in the applications of mathematics.

To introduce some of the basic tools (Fourier Series) used in the solution of differential equations and other applications of mathematics.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should:

- be fluent in the solution of basic ordinary differential equations, including systems of first order equations;

- be familiar with the concept of Fourier series and their potential application to the solution of both ordinary and partial differential equations;

- be familiar with the concept of Laplace transforms and their potential application to the solution of both ordinary and partial differential equations;

- be able to solve simple first order partial differential equations;

- be able to solve the basic boundary value problems for second order linear partial differential equations using the method of separation of variables.

##### Vector Calculus With Applications in Fluid Mechanics (MATH225)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**85:15 **Aims**To provide an understanding of the various vector integrals, the operators div, grad and curl and the relations between them.

To give an appreciation of the many applications of vector calculus to physical situations.

To provide an introduction to the subjects of fluid mechanics and electromagnetism.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should be able to:

- Work confidently with different coordinate systems.

- Evaluate line, surface and volume integrals.

- Appreciate the need for the operators div, grad and curl together with the associated theorems of Gauss and Stokes.

- Recognise the many physical situations that involve the use of vector calculus.

- Apply mathematical modelling methodology to formulate and solve simple problems in electromagnetism and inviscid fluid flow.

All learning outcomes are assessed by both examination and course work.

##### Classical Mechanics (MATH228)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**90:10 **Aims**To provide a basic understanding of the principles of Classical Mechanics and their application to simple dynamical systems.

**Learning Outcomes**the motions of bodies under simple force systems, including calculations of the orbits of satellites, comets and planetary motions

motion relative to a rotating frame, Coriolis and centripetal forces, motion under gravitry over the Earth''s surface

rigid body dynamics using centre of mass, angular momentum and moments of inertia

##### Complex Functions (MATH243)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**To introduce the student to a surprising, very beautiful theory having intimate connections with other areas of mathematics and physical sciences, for instance ordinary and partial differential equations and potential theory.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing this module students should:

- appreciate the central role of complex numbers in mathematics;

- be familiar with all the classical holomorphic functions;

- be able to compute Taylor and Laurent series of such functions;

- understand the content and relevance of the various Cauchy formulae and theorems;

- be familiar with the reduction of real definite integrals to contour integrals;

- be competent at computing contour integrals.

##### Electromagnetism (PHYS201)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**- To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetism and Maxwell''s equations, and electromagnetic waves.
- To introduce differential vector analysis in the context of electromagnetism.
- To introduce circuit principles and analysis (EMF, Ohm''s law, Kirchhoff''s rules, RC and RLC circuits)
- To introduce the formulation fo Maxwell''s equations in the presence of dielectric and magnetic materials.
- To develop the ability of students to apply Maxwell''s equations to simple problems involving dielectric and magnetic materials.
- To develop the concepts of field theories in Physics using electromagnetism as an example.
- To introduce light as an electromagnetic wave.

**Learning Outcomes**Demonstrate a good knowledge of the laws of electromagnetism and an understanding of the practical meaning of Maxwell''s equations in integral and differential forms.

Apply differential vector analysis to electromagnetism.

Demonstrate simple knowledge and understanding of how the presence of matter affects electrostatics and magnetostatics, and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the laws are altered in the case of non-static electric and magnetic fields and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

##### Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS202)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims** The aims of Phys202 are to introduce the most important and basic concepts in condensed matter physics relating to the different materials we commonly see in the world around us. Condensed matter physics is one of the most active areas of research in modern physics, whose scope is extremely broad. The ultimate aim of this course is to introduce its central ideas and methodology to the students.

Condensed matter refers to both liquids and solids and all kinds of other forms of matter in between those two extremes, generally known as “soft matter". While the course will touch on liquids, the emphasis will be on crystalline solids, including some nano-materials. The reason for focusing on crystals is that the periodicity of a crystal is what allows us to make progress in developing a theory for various phenomena in solids based on first principles. Two important concepts are:

• the electronic states of electrons in a solid and

• the vibrations of atoms in the solid.

The description of these ideas basically refer to the theory of electronic band structure and the theory of phonons. These concepts form the basis for understanding a wide range of phenomena including how the atoms bond together to form the crystal, what are some basic statistical properties like specific heat, how electrons move in solids and electronic transport, why are some materials metals and others semiconductors and insulators, and how do solids interact with electromagnetic fields. The course will also introduce optical and magnetic properties in solids, scattering phenomena, thermal conductivity and effect of defects in solids, semiconductors, magnetism and go beyond the free electron model to touch on intriguing effects such as superconductivity.

**Learning Outcomes**On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic concepts of bonding in solids, establish an understanding of electron configuration in atoms and in the condensed matter in terms of bonding, and relating them to band structure description.

Students will be able to understand how solid structures are described mathematically and how material properties can be predicted.

Students will be able to establish a foundation in basic crystallography, using Bragg''s law, and understand the concept of the reciprocal lattice.

Students will understand basic transport properties, both electronic and thermal, in solids.

Students will understand the concept of electron and hole carrier statistics, effective masses and transport in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductorsStudents will learn the basics of magnetism, the atomic origin and classical treatment of diamagnetism and paramagnetism, quantization of angular momentum and Hund''s rule, and introduced to weak magnetism in solids.

Students will become familiar to the general language of condensed matter physics, key theories and concepts, ultimately enebling them to read and understand research papers.

##### Quantum and Atomic Physics (PHYS203)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**- To introduce students to the concepts of quantum theory.
- To show how Schrodinger''s equation is applied to particle flux and to bound states.
- To show how quantum ideas provide an understanding of atomic structure.

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- An understanding of the reasons why microscopic systems require quantum description and statistical interpretation.
- Knowledge of the Schrodinger equation and how it is formulated to describe simple physical systems.
- Understanding of the basic technique of using Schrodinger''s equation and ability to determine solutions in simple cases.
- Understanding of how orbital angular momentum is described in quantum mechanics and why there is a need for spin.
- Understanding how the formalism of quantum mechanics describes the structure of atomic hydrogen and, schematically, how more complex atoms are described.

##### Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS204)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**- To introduce Rutherford and related scattering.
- To introduce nuclear size, mass and decay modes
- To provide some applications and examples of nuclear physics
- To introduce particle physics, including interactions, reactions and decay
- To show some recent experimental discoveries
- To introduce relativistic 4-vectors for applications to collision problems

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- basic understanding of Rutherford, electron on neutron scattering
- understanding of the basic principles that determine nuclear size, mass and decay modes
- knowledge of examples and applications of nuclear physics
- knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions
- basic understanding of relativistic 4-vectors

#### Year Three Compulsory Modules

##### Practical Physics III (PHYS306)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**The Aims of the module are:

- To give further training in laboratory techniques, in the use of computer packages for modelling and analysis, and in the use of modern instruments.
- To develop independent judgement in performing physics experiments.
- To encourage students to research aspects of physics complementary to material met in lectures and tutorials.
- To consolidate the students ability to produce good quality work against realistic deadlines

**Learning Outcomes**Experience of taking physics data with modern equipment

Knowledge of experimental techniques not met in previous laboratory practice

Improved skills in researching published papers and articles as source materials

Developed a personal responsibility for assuring that data taken are of a high quality

Increased skills in data taking and error analysis

Increased skills in reporting experiments and an appreciation of the factors needed to produce clear and complete reports

Improved skills in the time management and organisation of their experimental procedures to meet deadlines

##### Project (BSc) (PHYS379)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**- To give students experience of working independently on an original physics-based or physics-related problem
- To give students an opportunity to display the high quality of their work
- To give students an opportunity to display qualities such as initiative and ingenuity
- To improve students ability to keep daily records of the work in hand and its outcomes
- To give students experience of report writing displaying high standards of composition and production
- To give an opportunity for students to display communication skills

**Learning Outcomes** At the end of the module the student should have:

- Experience of participation in planning all aspects of the work;
- Improved skills and initiative in carrying out investigations to test a hypothesis

- Experience researching literature and other sources of relevant information;
- Encountered research-led material

- Improved ability to organise and manage time;
- Improved skills in making up a diary recording day by day progress of the project

- Improved skills in report writing, and the clear and accurate communication of scientific information
- Improved skills in the critical analysis of an experiment or an investigation and setting them in context

- Improved skills in preparing and delivering oral presentations and the defence of the results of the project

#### Year Three Optional Modules

##### Further Methods of Applied Mathematics (MATH323)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To give an insight into some specific methods for solving important types of ordinary differential equations.

To provide a basic understanding of the Calculus of Variations and to illustrate the techniques using simple examples in a variety of areas in mathematics and physics.

To build on the students'' existing knowledge of partial differential equations of first and second order.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should be able to:

- use the method of "Variation of Arbitrary Parameters" to find the solutions of some inhomogeneous ordinary differential equations.

- solve simple integral extremal problems including cases with constraints;

- classify a system of simultaneous 1st-order linear partial differential equations, and to find the Riemann invariants and general or specific solutions in appropriate cases;

- classify 2nd-order linear partial differential equations and, in appropriate cases, find general or specific solutions. [This might involve a practical understanding of a variety of mathematics tools; e.g. conformal mapping and Fourier transforms.]

##### Cartesian Tensors and Mathematical Models of Solids and VIscous Fluids (MATH324)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To provide an introduction to the mathematical theory of viscous fluid flows and solid elastic materials. Cartesian tensors are first introduced. This is followed by modelling of the mechanics of continuous media. The module includes particular examples of the flow of a viscous fluid as well as a variety of problems of linear elasticity.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module, students should be able to understand and actively use the basic concepts of continuum mechanics such as stress, deformation and constitutive relations, and apply mathematical methods for analysis of problems involving the flow of viscous fluid or behaviour of solid elastic materials.

##### Quantum Mechanics (MATH325)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**The development of Quantum Mechanics, requiring as it did revolutionary changes in our understanding of the nature of reality, was arguably the greatest conceptual achievement of all time. The aim of the module is to lead the student to an understanding of the way that relatively simple mathemactics (in modern terms) led Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg and others to a radical change and improvement in our understanding of the microscopic world.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should be able to solve Schrodinger''s equation for simple systems, and have some intuitive understanding of the significance of quantum mechanics for both elementary systems and the behaviour of matter.

##### Population Dynamics (MATH332)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To provide a theoretical basis for the understanding of population ecology

- To explore the classical models of population dynamics

- To learn basic techniques of qualitative analysis of mathematical models

**Learning Outcomes** The ability to relate the predictions of the mathematical models to experimental results obtained in the field.

The ability to recognise the limitations of mathematical modelling in understanding the mechanics of complex biological systems.

The ability to use analytical and graphical methods to investigate population growth and the stability of equilibrium states for continuous-time and discrete-time models of ecological systems.

##### Chaos and Dynamical Systems (MATH322)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To develop expertise in dynamical systems in general and study particular systems in detail.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should be able to:

understand the possible behaviour of dynamical systems with particular attention to chaotic motion;

be familiar with techniques for extracting fixed points and exploring the behaviour near such fixed points;

understand how fractal sets arise and how to characterise them.

##### Relativity (MATH326)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To impart

(i) a firm grasp of the physical principles behind Special and General Relativity and their main consequences;

(ii) technical competence in the mathematical framework of the subjects - Lorentz transformation, coordinate transformations and geodesics in Riemann space;

(iii) knowledge of some of the classical tests of General Relativity - perihelion shift, gravitational deflection of light;

(iv) basic concepts of black holes and (if time) relativistic cosmology.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing this module students should

(i) understand why space-time forms a non-Euclidean four-dimensional manifold;

(ii) be proficient at calculations involving Lorentz transformations, energy-momentum conservation, and the Christoffel symbols.

(iii) understand the arguments leading to the Einstein''s field equations and how Newton''s law of gravity arises as a limiting case.

(iv) be able to calculate the trajectories of bodies in a Schwarzschild space-time.

##### Mathematical Economics (MATH331)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**· To explore, from a game-theoretic point of view, models which have been used to understand phenomena in which conflict and cooperation occur.

· To see the relevance of the theory not only to parlour games but also to situations involving human relationships, economic bargaining (between trade union and employer, etc), threats, formation of coalitions, war, etc..

· To treat fully a number of specific games including the famous examples of "The Prisoners'' Dilemma" and "The Battle of the Sexes".

· To treat in detail two-person zero-sum and non-zero-sum games.

· To give a brief review of n-person games.

· In microeconomics, to look at exchanges in the absence of money, i.e. bartering, in which two individuals or two groups are involved. To see how the Prisoner''s Dilemma arises in the context of public goods.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the module students should:

· Have further extended their appreciation of the role of mathematics in modelling in Economics and the Social Sciences.

· Be able to formulate, in game-theoretic terms, situations of conflict and cooperation.

· Be able to solve mathematically a variety of standard problems in the theory of games.

· To understand the relevance of such solutions in real situations.

##### Riemann Surfaces (MATH340)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To introduce to a beautiful theory at the core of modern mathematics. Students will learn how to handle some abstract geometric notions from an elementary point of view that relies on the theory of holomorphic functions. This will provide those who aim to continue their studies in mathematics with an invaluable source of examples, and those who plan to leave the subject with the example of a modern axiomatic mathematical theory.

**Learning Outcomes**Students should be familiar with themost basic examples of Riemann surfaces: the Riemann sphere, hyperelliptic Riemann surfaces, and smooth plane algebraic curves.

Students should understand and be able to use the abstract notions used to build the theory: holomorphic maps, meromorphic differentials, residues and integrals, Euler characteristic and genus.

##### The Magic of Complex Numbers: Complex Dynamics, Chaos and the Mandelbrot Set (MATH345)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**1. To introduce students to the theory of the iteration of functions of one complex variable, and its fundamental objects;

2. To introduce students to some topics of current and recent research in the field;

3. To study various advanced results from complex analysis, and show how to apply these in a dynamical setting;

4. To illustrate that many results in complex analysis are "magic", in that there is no reason to expect them in a real-variable context, and the implications of this in complex dynamics;

5. To explain how complex-variable methods have been instrumental in questions purely about real-valued one-dimensional dynamical systems, such as the logistic family.

6. To deepen students'' appreciations for formal reasoning and proof.

After completing the module, students should be able to:

1. understand the compactification of the complex plane to the Riemann sphere, and use spherical distances and derivatives.2. use Möbius transformations to transform the Riemann sphere and to normalise complex dynamical systems.

3. state and apply the definitions of Julia and Fatou sets of polynomials, and understand their basic properties.

4. determine whether points with simple orbits, such as certain periodic points, belong to the Julia set or the Fatou set.

5. apply advanced results from complex analysis in the setting of complex dynamics.

6. determine whether certain types of quadratic polynomials belong to the Mandelbrot set or not.**Learning Outcomes**will understand the compactification of the complex plane to the Riemann sphere, and be able to use spherical distances and derivatives

will be able to use Möbius transformations to transform the Riemann sphere and to normalise complex dynamical systems

will be able to state and apply the definitions of Julia and Fatou sets of polynomials, and understand their basic properties

will be able to determine whether points with simple orbits, such as certain periodic points, belong to the Julia set or the Fatou set

will know how to apply advanced results from complex analysis in a dynamical setting

will be able to determine whether certain types of quadratic polynomials belong to the Mandelbrot set or not

##### Differential Geometry (MATH349)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**85:15 **Aims**This module is designed to provide an introduction to the methods of differential geometry, applied in concrete situations to the study of curves and surfaces in euclidean 3-space. While forming a self-contained whole, it will also provide a basis for further study of differential geometry, including Riemannian geometry and applications to science and engineering.

**Learning Outcomes**1. Knowledge and understanding

After the module, students should have a basic understanding of

a) invariants used to describe the shape of explicitly given curves and surfaces,

b) special curves on surfaces,

c) the difference between extrinsically defined properties and those which depend only on the surface metric,

d) understanding the passage from local to global properties exemplified by the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem.

2. Intellectual abilities

After the module, students should be able to

a) use differential calculus to discover geometric properties of explicitly given curves and surface,

b) understand the role played by special curves on surfaces.

3. Subject-based practical skills

Students should learn to

a) compute invariants of curves and surfaces,

b) interpret the invariants of curves and surfaces as indicators of their geometrical properties.

4. General transferable skills

Students will improve their ability to

a) think logically about abstract concepts,

b) combine theory with examples in a meaningful way.

##### Mathematical Physics Project (MATH334)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To study in depth an area of theoretical physics and report on it.

**Learning Outcomes**After completing the project with suitable guidance the student should have

· understood an area of advanced theoretical physics

· had experience in consulting relevant literature

· gained experience in using appropriate mathematics

· made a critical appraisal of the current understanding of the area

· learnt how to construct a written essay and given an oral presentation

##### Advanced Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS363)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To develop concepts introduced in Year 1 and Year 2 modules which relate to solids.
- To consolidate concepts related to crystal structure.
- To introduce the concept of reciprocal space and diffraction.
- To enable the students to apply these concepts to the description of crystals,transport properties and the electronic structure of condensed matter.
- To illustrate the use of these concepts in scientific research in condensed matter.
- To introduce various other solids

**Learning Outcomes**Familiarity with the crystalline nature of both perfect and real materials.

An understanding of the fundamental principles of the properties of condensed matter

An appreciation of the relationship between the real space and the reciprocal space view of the properties of crystalline matter

An ability to describe the crystal structure and electronic structure of matter

An awareness of current physics research in condensed matter.

##### Nuclear Physics (PHYS375)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To build on the second year module involving Nuclear Physics
- To develop an understanding of the modern view of nuclei, how they are modelled and of nuclear decay processes

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- Knowledge of evidence for the shell model of nuclei, its development and the successes and failures of the model in explaining nuclear properties

Knowledge of the collective vibrational and rotational models of nuclei

Basic knowledge of nuclear decay processes, alpha decay and fission, of gamma-ray transitions and internal conversion

Knowledge of electromagnetic transitions in nuclei

##### Materials Physics (PHYS387)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To teach the properties and methods of preparation of a range of materials of scientific and technological importance
- To develop an understanding of the experimental techniques of materials characterisation
- To introduce materials such as amorphous solids, liquid crystals and polymers and to develop an understanding of the relationship between structure and physical properties for such materials
- To illustrate the concepts and principles by reference to examples

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- An understanding of the atomic structure in cyrstalline and amorphous materials
- Knowledge of the methods used for preparing single crystals and amorphous materials
- Knowledge of the experimental techniques used in materials characterisation
- Knowledge of the physical properties of superconducting materials
- An appreciation of the factors involved in the design of biomaterials
- The ability to interpret simple phase diagrams of binary systems

##### Semiconductor Applications (PHYS389)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To develop the physics concepts describing semiconductors in sufficient details for the purpose of understanding the construction and operation of common semiconductor devices

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- Knowledge of the basic theory of p-n junctions
- Knowledge of the structure and function of a variety of semiconductor devices
- An overview of semiconductor device manufacturing processes
- Knowledge of the basic processes involved in the interaction of radiation with matter
- Understanding the application of semiconductors in Nuclear and Particle physics

##### Communicating Science (PHYS391)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**- To improve science students'' skills in communicating scientific information in a wide range of contexts
- To develop students'' understanding of some concepts of:

- Science in general
- Their particular area of science
- Other areas of science

**Learning Outcomes** An ability to communicate more confidently

An understanding of some of the key factors in successfulcommunication

An appreciation of the needs of different audiences

Experience of a variety of written and oral media

A broader appreciation of science and particular areas ofscience

##### Statistics in Data Analysis (PHYS392)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**50:50 **Aims**To give a theoretical and practical understanding of the statistical principles involved in the analysis and interpretation of data.

**Learning Outcomes**

Knowledge of experimental errors and probability distributionsThe ability to use statistical methods in data analysis

- The ability to apply statistical analysis to data from a range of sources

- Using statistical information to detemine the validity of a hypothesis or experimental measurement

##### Statistical and Low Temperature Physics (PHYS393)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To build on material presented in earlier Thermal Physics and Quantum Mechanics courses
- To develop the statistical treatment of quantum systems
- To use theoretical techniques to predict experimental observables
- To introduce the basic principles governing the behaviour of liquid helium and superconductors in cooling techniques

**Learning Outcomes**Understanding of the statistical basis of entropy and temperature

Ability to devise expressions for observables, (heat capacity, magnetisation) from statistical treatment of quantum systems

Understanding of Maxwell Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose Einstein gases

Knowledge of cooling techniques

Knowledge and understanding of basic theories of liquid helium behaviour and superconductivity in cooling techniques

##### Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (PHYS361)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To build on the second year module on Quantum and Atomic Physics
- To develop the formalism of quantum mechanics
- To develop an understanding that atoms are quantum systems
- To enable the student to follow elementary quantum mechanical arguments in the literature

**Learning Outcomes**Understanding of the role of wavefunctions, operators, eigenvalue equations, symmetries, compatibility/non-compatibility of observables and perturbation theory in quantum mechanical theory. An ability to solve straightforward problems - different bound states and perturbing interactions.

Developed knowledge and understanding of the quantum mechanical description of atoms - single particle levels, coupled angular momentum, fine structure, transition selection rules.

Developed a working knowledge of interactions, electron configurations and coupling in atoms.

##### Accelerators and Radioisotopes in Medicine (PHYS246)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To introduce the students to ionising and non ionising radiation including its origins and production.
- To introduce the various ways in which radiation interacts with materials.
- To introduce the different accelerators and isotopes used in medicine and to give examples of their use.

**Learning Outcomes**- A basic knowledge of the origins of radiation and its properties.

- An understanding of ways in which radiation interacts with materials.

- An understanding of how accelerators operate and how isotopes are produced.

- Knowledge of applications of the use of accelerators and isotopes in medicine.

##### Advanced Electromagnetism (PHYS370)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To build on first and second year modules on electricity, magnetism and waves by understanding a range of electromagnetic phenomena in terms of Maxwell''s equations.
- To understand the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space, in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors).
- To understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries.
- To understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines.
- To understand the properties of electric dipole radiation.
- To introduce an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity.
- To further develop students'' problem-solving and analytic skills.

**Learning Outcomes**Students should have an understanding of the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space and in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors).

Students should have an understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries.

Students should have an understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines.

Students should have an understanding of the properties of electric dipole radiation.

Students should have the ability to explain an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity.

##### Relativity and Cosmology (PHYS374)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**- To introduce the ideas of general relativity and demonstrate its relevance to modern astrophysics
- To provide students with a full and rounded introduction to modern observational cosmology
- To develop the basic theoretical background required to understand and appreciate the significance of recent results from facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe

**Learning Outcomes**The ability to explain the relationship between Newtonian gravity and Einstein''s General Relativity (GR) Understanding of the concept of curved space time and knowledge of metrics.

A broad and up-to-date knowledge of the basic ideas, most important discoveries and outstanding problems in modern cosmology.

Knowledge of how simple cosmological models of the universe are constructed.

The ability to calculate physical parameters and make observational predictions for a range of such models.##### Introduction to Particle Physics (PHYS377)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To build on the second year module involving Nuclear and Particle Physics
- To develop an understanding of the modern view of particles, of their interactions and the Standard Model

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

Basic understanding of relativistic kinematics (as applied to collisions, decay processes and cross sections)

Descriptive knowledge of the Standard Model using a non rigorous Feynman diagram approach

Knowledge of the fundamental particles of the Standard Model and the experimental evidence for the Standard Model

Knowledge of conservation laws and discrete symmetries

##### Surface Physics (PHYS381)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- Develop a syllabus to describe the properties of surfaces
- Convey an understanding of the physical properties of Surfaces
- Provide knowledge of a raneg of surface characterisation techniques
- Illustrate surface processes and their relevance to technologies

**Learning Outcomes**explain how the presence of the surface alters physical properties such as atomic an electronic structure

choose the right characterisation technique to assess different surface properties have gained an appreciation of surface processes and their relevance to the modification of surface propertiesbe able to describe surface alterations and processes using the right terminology

##### Physics of Life (PHYS382)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To explain the constraints on physical forces which are necessary for life to evolve in the Universe
- To describe the characteristics of life on earth
- To describe physical techniques used in the study of biological systems

**Learning Outcomes** At the end of the module the student should have:

- An understanding of the framework of physical forces within which life is possible

- An understanding of the nature of life on earth

- Familiarity with physical techniques used in the study of biological systems

##### Physics of Energy Sources (PHYS388)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**- To develop an ability which allows educated and well informed opinions to be formed by the next generation of physicists on a wide range of issues in the context of the future energy needs of man
- To describe and understand methods of utilising renewable energy sources such as hydropower, tidal power, wave power, wind power and solar power.
- To give knowledge and understanding of the design and operation of nuclear reactors
- To give knowledge and understanding of nuclear fusion as a source of power
- To give knowledge and understanding relevant to overall safety in the nuclear power industry
- To describe the origin of environmental radioactivity and understand the effects of radiation on humans

**Learning Outcomes**At the end of the module the student should have:

- Learned the fundamental physical principles underlying energy production using conventional and renewable energy sources
- Learned the fundamental physical principles underlying nuclear fission and fusion reactors
- Studied the applications of these principles in the design issues power generation
- An appreciation of the role of mathematics in modelling power generation
- Learned the fundamental physical principles concerning the origin and consequences of environmental radioactivity
- Developed an awareness of the safety issues involved in exposure to radiation
- Developed problem solving skills based on the material presented
- Developed an appreciation of the problems of supplying the required future energy needs and the scope and issues associated with the different possible methods

##### Undergraduate Ambassadors Project (PHYS396)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**- To provide undergraduates with key transferable skills.
- To provide students with opportunity to learn to communicate physics at different levels.
- To provide students with work-place experience.
- To provide students with the opportunity to work with staff in a different environment with different priorities to the University.
- To provide teaching experience that encourages undergraduates to consider a career in teaching.
- To supply role models for secondary school students.
- To provide support and teaching assistance to secondary school teachers.
- To encourage a new generation of physicists.

**Learning Outcomes**Communicate physicseffectively to others

Plan a lesson

Design a worksheet

Evaluate their planning

Assess the effectiveness of a session or worksheet that they have designed

Manage small groups ofpupils (e.g. to complete an experiment)

Prioritise their work

##### Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (PHYS397)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**This module aims to

- To be able to develop skills in assessing thecommercial routes available to introduce a product or service into the market.

- To be adept in market information gathering andanalysis.

- To develop presentation and communicationskills and reporting skills beyond the classic essay format.

- To distinguish clearly between thedifferent business models available and to contrast merits and drawbacks ofeach solution.

**Learning Outcomes**All students will be able to gather and analyse business data information

All students will be able to understand technology transfer dynamics

students will be able to communicate their ideas and work in a clear and concise mannerStudents will be able to present data and project proposals in a professional manner, easily recognised by industry and companies.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

#### Teaching and Learning

Your learning activities will consist of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, problem classes, private study and supervised project work. In Year One, lectures are supplemented by a thorough system of group tutorials and computing work is carried out in supervised practical classes. Key study skills, presentation skills and group work start in first-year tutorials and are developed later in the programme. The emphasis in most modules is on the development of problem solving skills, which are regarded very highly by employers. Project supervision is on a one-to-one basis, apart from group projects in Year Two.

#### Assessment

Most modules are assessed by a two and a half hour examination in January or May, but many have an element of coursework assessment. This might be through homework, class tests, mini-project work or key skills exercises.