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Durham University

Department of Physics

PHYS1141 Maths Toolkit for Scientists (2018/19)

Details of the module's prerequisites, learning outcomes, assessment and contact hours are given in the official module description in the Faculty Handbook - follow the link above. A detailed description of the module's content is given below, together with book lists and a link to the current library catalogue entries. For an explanation of the library's categorisation system see

Content and Teaching Methods


Dr R.J. Wilman

1 lecture in Michaelmas Term

Organisation of the module; how the electronic question bank works; workshop arrangements; assessment arrangements. Attendance at this introductory lecture is compulsory.


Required: Mathematics for Engineers MyMathLab Global pack 4/E, A. Croft and R. Davison (Pearson)

Support workshops

Dr R.J. Wilman

17 compulsory sessions in Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms

These provide an opportunity to discuss the Mathematics underlying the online problems by direct interaction with the module leader, and to attempt some additional problems.

Group Problem Solving

Dr Q. He

Weekly one-hour workshops in Epiphany Term. Attendance at these workshops is compulsory.

Syllabus: Students will be divided into groups to investigate practical problems requiring the formulation of mathematical models. Composition of the individual groups will be publicized around the start of Epiphany Term.

Problem exercises

See The problems for this module will all be completed using an electronic question bank. This will give you a large number of problems which will improve your confidence and expertise in dealing with Mathematics.

Invigilated Test

There will be a 1-hour invigilated test in the first week of the Easter Term.