Maths Skills for Chemists
Run by School of Natural Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Andrew Davies
Overall aims and purpose
To provide an introduction into mathematics and how mathematics is applied in chemistry.
Basic arithmetic (18 hrs) - simple and partial fractions; algebra: BODMAS, quadratics and re-arranging equations; powers, logarithms and plotting data; the Binomial theorem and its applications to Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
Differential calculus (18 hrs) - proof by induction, functions and limits; simple derivatives; Chain / Quotient / Product rules; identification of stationary points; partial differentiation; indefinite and definite integrals; integration by substitution / parts; simple multiple integrals
Course Team: Dr R A Davies
RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING RECOMMENDED READING 1. 'Maths for Chemistry', P. Monk, OUP, 2nd Ed. 2. ‘Maths for Chemists’, M. Cockett, RSC Publishing, 2nd Ed SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS
Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the module is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level.
Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the module and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.
Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the module. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.
At the end of the module the student should be able to demonstrate that they can apply mathematical skills to chemistry problems.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
Subject specific skills
- CC7 information technology and data-processingSkills, relating toChemical information and data.
- CC8 the ability to adapt and apply methodology to theSolution of unfamiliarProblems
- PS3 Problem-solvingSkills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- PS4 numeracy and mathematicalSkills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry,Calculus, vectors andComplex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations,Systematic use ofScientific units and different types of dataPresentation
- SK1 are fullyConversant with major aspects ofChemical terminology
- SK2 demonstrate aSystematic understanding of fundamentalPhysicochemicalPrinciples with the ability to apply that knowledge to theSolution of theoretical andPracticalProblems
- SK6 develop an awareness of issues withinChemistry that overlap with other relatedSubjects
- CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,Concepts,Principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
- CC2 the ability to applySuch knowledge and understanding to theSolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature