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Module

CHY1000 : Mathematical Skills for Chemists

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mike Probert
  • Lecturer: Dr Ben Horrocks, Dr Thomas Penfold
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module serves as an introduction to the field of physical chemistry, especially in terms of making scientific calculations. It has to be recognised that the nature of calculations used in support of formal physical chemistry teaching differ substantially from conventional mathematical operations. The aim of this particular module is to help students develop the necessary skills by which to undertake such calculations and to examine the consequences of their answers. The basic mathematical tools will be introduced and exemplified by way of making a range of calculations of increasing complexity. The module will link with General Chemistry so that the student sees the relevance of the calculation. At the end of the course, the student should be familiar with all aspects of scientific calculations.

To emphasise the application of mathematical and computing methods to the study of chemical problems. To introduce and develop an understanding of how to use basic software programs to aid the analysis and presentation of scientific data. To develop the student’s ability to solve scientific problems using fundamental chemical principles.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be given typical data and requested to work through the problem, addressing units and likely error ranges. Graphs will be drawn and used to extract more chemical information. Emphasis will be placed on teaching how errors are carried through scientific calculations and on the limitations of extrapolation. A range of mathematical operations will be covered, including:

Re-arranging equations
Quadratics and higher-orders
Logarithms and exponentials
Graphs, interpolation and extrapolation
Integration and differentiation
Complex numbers
Simultaneous equations
Series expansion
Reciprocals, approximations, simplifications and rounding up.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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