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Department of Physics

Weekly problems

Problem solving is a transferable skill that will be of great benefit to you in a wide variety of circumstances. To help you develop these skills, each week a number of problems will be set, related to course work. In general these form part of your summative assessment and you are required to submit answers to the questions for each of the courses you are taking. This is a compulsory part of your degree course. If you are unable to submit your work for good reason, such as illness, then you must arrange for a 'self-certification' form to be forwarded to the Department by your College (see illness and medical evidence page). The weekly problems will normally relate to the content of the recent lectures but may sometimes rely on material not explicitly covered in lectures. A few problems for private study may also be issued every week.

The problem exercises will be set according to a schedule for the relevant Level and published via the Physics Weekly Problems system. Your solutions must be submitted before the deadline in the appropriate posting box, near Room 54 on the ground floor. Your answers will be marked and returned via the trays near Room 54. Scripts submitted after the deadline will receive feedback but, in agreement with University regulations, will not be awarded any mark. Your answers to multiple choice exercises should be submitted electronically, via the Physics Weekly Problems System, by the stated deadline. Shortly after each submission deadline, the model solutions will be displayed in the Physics Weekly Problems system, and you should consult these to resolve points of misunderstanding. You should keep your marked work, in case of queries later: if you throw it away, or lose it, then the Department will not be able to take responsibility if there is a query. Students who have difficulties with particular problems should consult the lecturer of the course involved. Any students experiencing difficulties connected with the return of scripts should inform the Teaching Administrator, Mr A.M. Skelton (Room 13).

Weekly problems instructions and schedules

  • Level 1 (last modified: 8 October 2013)PDF
  • Level 2 (last modified: 17 December 2013)PDF
  • Level 3 (last modified: 13 February 2014)PDF
  • Level 4 (last modified: 5 November 2013)PDF

Frequently-asked questions

The FAQs below are extracted from the main FAQs page, http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/faqs/.