# PHYS5032 Techniques for Sustainability Analysis – Assignment 1

PHYS5032 Techniques for Sustainability Analysis – Assignment 1
Submit your answers to homework sheet questions marked with (A) in a single document. For assignment 1,
only use homework sheets 1, 2, and 3.
Total points for this assignment: 40
General Idea of the Assignment
The aim of this lecture is to give you a broad overview over the different mathematical tools that may be
useful should you ever encounter a sustainability tasks that involves data analysis. During the lectures, we
could only touch on the basic concepts of each of the different tools. The assignments are aimed at helping
you revisit the contents of this lecture in the future. It is therefore important that you – where useful – augment
Task: Write a report-style summary of your homework sheets 1, 2, and 3. Your submissions should be a
document that can serve you to revisit the lecture contents at a later date. Please note that just answering the
In short: Show me that you understood what we are talking about, and write it down so that I can see
that you will understood what you wrote in five years’ time.
You should demonstrate that you
1. Understood for each of the different topics we covered what problem they tackle and what
information they can provide.
2. Know what the mathematical ideas behind each topic are (i.e. what formulas do you need to actually
use a particular concept).
3. Know how to read and interpret the results (for example for the first lectures: why do I need to run a
t-test after I have fitted a curve through the cloud of points?).
4. You are able to answer the questions in an easy-to-read style and that you (yes you, not me) will
understand what you wrote when you revisit your assignment document in the future.
1. Write down the key tasks for each week with your homework. There is no need to copy the actual
homework sheet in. But if you write “this week’s task: fit a curve through a cloud of points”, that will
help. Use your own words to explain the concepts presented in the lecture.
2. If you were unable to produce the correct results, write a few lines what you tried to understand why
it didn’t work out.
Format
Single file submissions only. Accepted file format: Word, PDF.Due date and submission
Assignment due date: Friday, 2nd October 2020, 11.59pm sharp. Submit your assignment through
Canvas/turnitin.
General Idea of the Assignment
The aim of this lecture to give you a broad overview over the different mathematical tools that may be useful
should you ever encounter a sustainability task that involves data analysis. During this lecture we could only
touch on the basic concepts of each of the different tools. You might agree that is was still quite complicated
at times. In this light, the homework tasks only focused on applying the formulas that we discussed to numerical
examples.
The assignment is aimed at helping you revisit this the contents of this lecture in the future. When I mark the
assignment, I would like to see that you
5. Understood for each of the different topics we covered what problem they tackle and what
information they can provide.
6. Know what the mathematical ideas behind each topic are (i.e. what formulas do you need to actually
use a particular concept).
7. Know how to read and interpret the results (for example for the first lectures: why do I need to run a
t-test after I have fitted a curve through the cloud of points?).
8. Wrote your homework in an easy to read style and that will you understand what you wrote in the
future.
There are a few points that will help you get a better mark and revisit you material in the future:
3. Write down the key tasks for each week with you homework. There is no need to copy the actual
homework sheet in. But if you write “this week’s task: fit a curve through a cloud of points”, that will
help. In this case you can also discuss in your own words what “t-test” for example means.
4. You could arrange your homework in an Excel file and give each week’s homework a separate sheet.
That way it’s an easy front-to-end reading experience.
5. If you were unable to produce the correct result, write a few lines what you tried to understand why it
didn’t work out.
Good luck!
Dr Arne Geschke
Phone: 9036 7505
arne.geschke@sydney.edu.au
Room 409
School of Physics A28
The University of Sydney NSW 2006Assignment assessment rubric (guideline only).
Category Pass (up to 25pts) Credit (25.5pts-29.5pts) Distinction (30pts-33.5pts) High Distinction (34pts and above)
Mathematical contents
(approx. 50% of the
total mark)
Significant mistakes in
the results.
Some mistakes, but it is
obvious that the student
can apply the contents.
Minor mistakes (if any). Student
clearly demonstrated a deep
understanding of the lecture
contents.
No or irrelevant mistakes. Superb
understanding of the lecture
contents.
Assignment structure
and layout
(Approx. 50% of the
total mark)
Limited to the
mathematical results.
No or not much further
explanation given. No
structure or storyline
obvious.
Mathematical results
are accompanied by
explain the basic
concepts of the
techniques used in the
assignment.
Mathematical results are
accompanied by substantial
between different topics are
clearly identified, a deep
understanding of the subject is
demonstrated.
Extensive work comprised of
substantial additional text to set the
scene for the homework questions
and their interpretation is provided.
The work is augmented by