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Undergraduate Course: Earth Modelling and Prediction 2 (EASC08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA mathematical description of Earth systems can both aid in prediction of these systems and lead to deeper understanding. In addition, many disciplines in the geosciences are becoming increasingly quantitative. This course is designed to give students mathematical skills needed to understand geoscience problems involving differentiation, integration, differential equations and the derivation of conservation equations. These topics are presented in a geoscience context, with techniques applied to environmental fluid mechanics, geochemistry, geomorphology, glaciology and thermal properties of the Earth.
Students will learn through problem sets, online quizzes, readings and tutorial sessions.
Course description Week 1: Introduction, application of mathematics to natural systems
Week 2: Differentiation, applied differentiation
Week 3: Integration; introduction, rules, applied integration
Week 4: Partial differentiation and coordinate systems
Week 5: Ordinary Differential Equations and Applied partial differentiation
Week 6: Heat equation and Diffusion equation
Week 7: Conservation equations: derivation using Taylor expansion and divergence theorem
Week 8: Examples of conservation equations
Week 9: More examples of conservation equations
Week 10: Can we do this in a computer? and review

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Earth Modelling and Prediction 2 is a compulsory course for Environmental Geoscience, Geology and Geology & Physical Geography students with GCSE A-level Maths at Grade C or below, or Advanced Higher Maths at Grade D or below.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Earth Modelling and Prediction (GESC08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements The above course or equivalent Highers
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Differentiate simple equations
  2. Integrate simple equations
  3. Solve simple differential equations
  4. Derive and solve conservation equations for natural systems
Reading List
Stroud and Booth, Engineering Mathematics, Palgrave MacMillan
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Semester 2

Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11am to 12noon
Tutorials: Thursdays 12noon to 1pm
Fridays 2pm to 3pm
KeywordsCalculus; conservation; statistics
Course organiserDr Daniel Goldberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 2561
Course secretaryMs Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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