To provide students with the necessary skills and confidence to apply a range of mathematical methods to problems in the physical sciences. Both MATH1006 and MATH1008 cover essentially the same topics in calculus that are of relevance to applications in the physical sciences but MATH1006 is aimed at physics students. Students taking degrees related to other physical sciences such as chemistry, geology, and oceanography should take MATH1008. The module begins by looking at vectors in 2 and 3 dimensions, introducing the dot and cross products, and discussing some simple applications. This is followed by a section on matrices, determinants, and eigenvalue problems. The course then reviews polynomial equations and introduces complex numbers. After this, some basic abstract concepts related to functions and their inverses are discussed. The main part of the unit covers the basics of calculus, starting with limits, and going on to look at derivatives and Taylor series. The concept of integration is then defined, followed by an exploration (by means of examples) of various methods of integration.
One of the pre-requisites for MATH1007, MATH1049, MATH2015, MATH2038 and MATH2045