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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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials240:3012:00Oinline lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00Online NUMBAS tests, can be completed asynchronously
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities51:005:00Online practice problems
Guided Independent StudySkills practice56:0030:00Preparation and online Maths assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Module induction and online workshops
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lectures are used to present the students with the knowledge base upon which they can develop their understanding of the subject area. On-line learning is used to help develop and test understanding of the knowledge base, and an understanding of the practical implications in specific situations. On-line learning is used to help develop self-evaluation and reflective learning.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M1005 x online computer assessment (20% each)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online computing assessments will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module.

** Students studying from abroad may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. These students should contact the school to discuss this **

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