The University of Southampton
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# CHEM1052 Mathematical Skills for Chemists

## Module Overview

### Aims and Objectives

#### Learning Outcomes

##### Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

• Describe chemical problems in terms of mathematical concepts.
##### Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Demonstrate numeracy and ability to apply mathematical concepts to solve contextual problems.
##### Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Demonstrate ability to frame a problem or concept in chemistry in the form of a mathematical equation or appropriate plot.

### Syllabus

The course covers the following mathematical concepts and skills, with practice in their application to problems in Chemistry: • numbers and orders of magnitude, units, quantity calculus, and estimations; • functions: exponentials and logarithms; • algebra: BODMAS, rearranging equations, solving algebraic and non-algebraic equations; • graph plotting, the equation of a straight line, and linear plots from non-linear expressions; • trigonometry: right angle triangles, diagonal dimensions of cubes and rectangles, definitions and applications of sin, cos, and tan, the cosine rule; • differentiation: by the rule (polynomials and various functions), the chain, product, and quotient rules, use of derivatives to find inflection points, maxima and minima; • integration: indefinite and definite integrals; • matricies and vectors: definitions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, determinants, and as systems of equations; • complex numbers.

### Learning and Teaching

#### Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and problem-solving workshops.

TypeHours
Revision20
Independent Study42
Workshops20
Preparation for scheduled sessions44
Lecture24
Total study time150

### Assessment

#### Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 33%
Coursework 34%
Coursework 33%

#### Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External