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PH1501 - Mathematics for Physicists 1A

Academic year

2020 to 2021 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 7

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Available only to those on the Physics and Astronomy (Gateway) Programme and the Physics and Astronomy International Gateway Programme.

Planned timetable

To be arranged

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Dr I Leonhardt

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Dr Irina Leonhardt

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module is designed to give physics students a secure base in elementary calculus and other mathematical tools to enable them to access the mathematics modules needed for progression into physics and astronomy degrees. Participants will learn to use this mathematics effectively and efficiently in the context of work in physics. Some of the work is a revision and practice of material that will normally have been seen in the Scottish Higher and some A-Level maths syllabuses. The content is similar to that in MT1001 and will allow students to progress to MT1002 in semester 2.

Relationship to other modules


Students must have gained entry to Physics and Astronomy (gateway) or International gateway programmes.


You cannot take this module if you take MT1001


You must also take PH1011 and take PH1502

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (Class Tests, 20%, Other Coursework,30%) = 50%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 70%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 30%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

4 or 5 x 1hr online lectures x 10 weeks, 1hr tutorial x 10weeks, 4 x 1hr workshops x 11 weeks

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.

Additional information from school

To be confirmed