Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Additional Techniques of Chemical Calculations

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course




DESCRIPTION 1. Introduction and revision of basic concepts.

2. Determinants: Properties of determinants, reduction to triangular form, applications of determinants, Cramer’s rule and solutions of equations, alternating functions, differentiation of determinants.

3. Vectors: Vectors applied to mechanical and chemistry problems, scalar and vector fields, the gradient of a scalar field, divergence and curl of a vector field, vector spaces.

4. Matrices and the matrix eigenvalue problem: The eigenvalue problem, properties of the eigenvectors, matrix diagonalisation, quadratic forms, complex matrices.

5. Partial differential equations: Concepts, general solutions, separation of variables. Applications: wave functions, the particle in a rectangular box, the particle in a circular box, the hydrogen atom, The vibrating string, etc.

6. Introduction to tensor notation, Kronecker delta, alternating tensor, applications to chemical and materials science problems, e.g. crystalline properties, mechanical properties, the stress, strain, stiffness and compliance tensors, axis taransformations, etc.

7. Mathematics in Mechanics and Chemistry: Basic definitions, forces/moments, stresses, strains, etc.; Area properties, centre of gravity, second area moments, polar second area moment, dipole moments, forces and potential energy, torques, etc.

Study-unit Aims:

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

Learning Outcomes:

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

a. Extract information from expressions that involve commonly encountered mathematical functions and also how to write such expressions;
b. Apply concepts involving linear algebra and calculus;
c. Interpret the fundamental forms of the SWE;
d. Apply advanced mathematical and computational techniques to solve complex chemistry and engineering problems.

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

a. Formulate / derive / solve equations encountered in advanced undergraduate chemistry and applied science courses which are based on mathematical models and calculations;
b. Organise information and solve problems in an appropriately structured manner.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:
- The Chemistry Maths Book (OUP) by Erich Steiner, 2nd Edition
- Course Notes on Tensors

Supplementary Reading:
Online Resources for The Chemistry Maths Book (available through the OUP website).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-Requisite Study-unit: CHE1215

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima


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