Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Maths and Physics for Earth Systems Science

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Environmental Management and Planning

DESCRIPTION This study-unit outlines fundamental maths and physics concepts relevant to the study of Earth Systems. Students are first introduced to notions of scientific measurement, including the use of different measurement scales, observation and prediction, and study-units of measurement. The study-unit will also explain issues of measurement error and uncertainty. Basic concepts relevant to maths will include: algebra, solving linear equations, elementary probability, probability distribution, logarithms, trigonometry and calculus.

Basic concepts relevant to physics will include: vectors, scalars, displacement, velocity, as well as the use of reference systems.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study- unit aims:

- To lay the fundamental maths and physics groundwork which is necessary for developing an understanding of the functioning of Earth Systems;
- To equip all students, regardless of their academic background, with the knowledge necessary to be able to understand material delivered in other components of the B.Sc.(Hons.) Earth Systems course.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain basic algebra;
- Describe elementary probability and probability distribution;
- Explain basic logarithms and exponentials;
- Describe uncertainties and errors;
- Explain basic calculus;
- Distinguish between vectors and scalars;
- Outline concepts of displacement, velocity and acceleration.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Work with elementary probability and probability distribution;
- Work with basic algebra, logarithms, and calculus;
- Apply maths and physics to scientifically relevant problems associated with the Earth.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Fleurant , C. & Bodin-Fleurant, S. 2019. Mathematics for Earth Science and Geography Introductory Course with Practical Exercises and R/Xcas Resources. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-69242-5.
- Palmer, P, I. 2014. Essential Maths for Geoscientists: An Introduction. Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-0470971949.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 40%
Quiz SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Anthony Galea

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