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Durham University

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. This is a compulsory part of your degree course and you are required to attempt the questions for each of the courses you are taking. For some Level 1 modules these form part of your summative assessment. 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 Weekly Problems area of the Physics Student Portal.

For Level 1, your solutions to the paper-based problems 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. Shortly after each submission deadline, the model solutions will be displayed in the Physics Student Portal, 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 Learning and Teaching Manager, Mr A.M. Skelton (Room 13).

Weekly problems instructions and schedules

  • Level 1 (last modified: 15 November 2019)PDF
  • Level 2 (last modified: 26 September 2019)PDF
  • Level 3 (last modified: 27 September 2019)PDF
  • Level 4 (last modified: 26 September 2019)PDF