Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Further Methods of Chemical Calculations

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION 1. Elementary Algebra, Trigonometry and coordinate geometry.

a. Series and Sequences
- Convergence of series, Testing for convergence (ratio test)
- Taylor series
- Maclaurin series
- Fourier Series

2. Linear Algebra
- Application of vectors in coordinate geometry involving
a. Points
b. Lines
c. Planes

- Linear transformations in 3 dimensions
a. Translation
b. Rotation
c. Reflection
d. Composition of transformations

3. Introduction to tensor notation and its applications to chemical and materials science problems, e.g. crystalline properties

4. Applications to Chemistry

Study-unit Aims:

To equip chemistry students with an advanced set of tools which is required to enable them follow advanced chemistry courses with profit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Understand how to extract information from expressions that involve commonly encountered mathematical functions and also how to write such expressions;
b. Understand concepts involving symmetry and other properties of crystals;
c. Apply mathematical and computational techniques to solve chemistry problems.

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

a. Successfully tackle most calculations and derivations that are normally encountered in advanced undergraduate chemistry courses.

Main Text/s:

Essential Mathematics for Chemists, Pearson Education Ltd., by J. Gormally
Maths for Chemists Vol. 1 & 2 (RSC Tutorial Chemistry Texts) by Martin C.R. Cockett and Graham Doggett
Mathematics: The Core Course for A-Level by L. Bostock and S. Chandler

Supplementary readings:

The Chemistry Maths Book (OUP) by Eric Steiner
Atkins P.W., Physical Chemistry

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-requisite Study-unit: CHE1215

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Daphne Attard
Joseph Noel Grima

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