This is a basic maths and physics course to prepare the student for their second year courses in our Earth Science programmes. It includes significant practical and problem work components.
Coordinator: Prof Lidunka Vocadlo
- Module details
Title Foundations of Physical Geoscience UG Code GEOL0005 Coordinator Prof Lidunka Vocadlo Other Contributors Term 1 Credit 15 credits Written Exam 40% Problem Sheets 30% Practical 30% Pre-Requisites None Maths & Stats Content and Requirement General GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 30 hours Hours of Tutorials 0 Days of Fieldwork 0 Other None
Topics studied in lectures and practicals include:
- Geometry and Co-ordinates (Measurement and geometry);
- Exponents and Graphs. (Graphical Methods);
- Dimensional Analysis and Mechanics 1. (Graphs and Computers);
- Mechanics 2 and Elasticity.(Determining 'g');
- Waves and Light. (The nature of light);
- Thermal and Transport Processes. (Viscosity);
- Electricity and Magnetism.(Electromagnetism);
- Differentiation and Integration.(Finite vs. Infinitesimal);
- Errors and Statistics.(Elementary Statistics).
This course is intended to introduce Earth science students to the basic fundamental principles of mathematics and physics, assuming minimal previous knowledge. The student will be taught the essential tools of mathematics required for the geology, environmental geoscience and earth science degrees, and will study the basic principles of physics behind the fundamental processes occurring within the Earth and our solar system. Practical sessions and problem classes will illustrate the material covered within the lectures and will give the students training in good experimental techniques and scientific methods. In addition, the student will develop computer skills through exercises in word-processing, spreadsheet analysis and graph drawing.