Course title
Methodics in Physics

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Course description
This lecture will introduce Physics as the basic science to describe the natural phenomena and the language used to express the findings. We will treat the required calculus techniques using vectors (scalar products, vector products), the concept of fields, the field gradients, the divergence and rotation. The students will be provided with all knowledge necessary to follow the physics courses. As experimental work is important part of physics, the lecture will also outline the tools required to describe physical observations (how to write protocols of experiments, perform the calculus of errors, judging the accuracy of the experiments, and the principles of extrapolation, interpolation and data fitting).
Purpose of class
The students will learn the basics principles of Physics, the language of the physicist is mathematics. To obtain knowledge of basic calculus techniques: vectors, fields. gradients, divergence, rotation.To learn the details of important functions used in Physics.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Learn the principles of Physics
2. Learn the basic calculus techniques: vectors, fields, gradients, divergence, rotation
3. Learn the details of important functions used in Physics
4. Learn the description and analysis techniques of experiments
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Physical units Review of the lecture 190分
2. How a physicist sees the nature Review of the lecture 190分
3. Mathematics for physicists I: Vectors and the handling of them Review of the lecture 190分
4. Mathematics for physicists II: Concept of fields, gradients, divergence, rotation Review of the lecture 190分
5. Mathematics for physicists III: Special functions – delta function, Review of the lecture 190分
6. Calculation excercises Review of the lecture 190分
7. Midterm exam and discussion on the solutions Preparation for midterm exam 190分
8. Writing a protocol for an experiment – what is important to be documented? Review of the lecture 190分
9. Error calculus, error propagation Review of the lecture 190分
10. Extrapolation, interpolation of data Review of the lecture 190分
11. Making a diagram of physical data; presentation of useful tools Review of the lecture 190分
12. Calculation excercises Review of the lecture 190分
13. Data fitting – basic principles, fit parameters and error calculation Review of the lecture 190分
14. Final exam and discussion on the solutions Preparation for final exam 200分
Total. - - 2670分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

midterm exam final exam Total.
1. 10% 20% 30%
2. 10% 20% 30%
3. 10% 10% 20%
4. 10% 10% 20%
Total. 40% 60% -
Evaluation method and criteria
The students will be evaluated based on their:
midterm exam, activity during the class (presentation and discussion) will contribute 40% of the grade;
final exam will contribute 60% of the grade.
Students need at least 60% of the full score to pass this course.
Textbooks and reference materials
1. J.R.Taylor, Introduction To Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements, University Science Books,
ISBN: 0-935702-75-X

2. I.G.Hughes, T.P.A. Hase, Measurements And Their Uncertainties: A practical guide to modern error analysis, Oxford University
Press, ISBN: 978-0-19956-633-4

3. A. Altland, J. von Delft, Mathematics for Physicists, Cambridge 2019, ISBN 978-1-108-47122-0

4. Some scientific papers will be handed out.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
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