CHEM1003: Further Quantitative Chemistry

Course Organizer: Dr Jamie Christie

Lecturers: Prof Nik Kaltsoyannis, Dr Jamie Christie, Dr Martyn Zwijnenburg

Normal prerequisite: A2 Maths or AS Maths

Units: 1/2

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The aim of this course is to provide students with the basic mathematical skills required for a degree in Chemistry.


By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Perform differentiation and integration of functions with one variable
  • Perform partial differentiation and integrate functions with more than one variable
  • Solve simple differential equations
  • Understand complex numbers
  • Manipulate matrices

Course Structure

  • Lectures: 39
  • Tutorials: 0
  • Labs: 0


  • Exam: 50% (3 X 1 hours)
  • Lab: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%

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Recommended Texts

  • "Foundations of Science Mathematics" by D S Sivia and S G Rawlings, Oxford Chemistry Primers Series (no 77), Oxford University Press.
  • "Maths for Chemists" Vol I and II, MCR Cockett and G Doggett, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2004
  • "Maths for Chemistry" by Paul Monk, Oxford University Press, 2006

Further Reading

  • "Foundations of Science Mathematics: worked problems" by D S Sivia and S G Rawlings, Oxford Chemistry Primers Series (no 82), Oxford University Press.

Course Outline

An optional 1st year Chemistry course. Students studying this course take a selection of modules from the 1001 maths course.

Assessment on this course will be made on the basis of coursework (50%) and written examinations (50 minutes each) at the end of each module (50%). There is no final examination for this course.

Module 2: Calculus of functions with one variable (JC)
Differentiation; simple rules for differentiation; differentiating special functions (e.g. exp, ln, sin, cos); product rule; quotient rule; functions of functions; second derivatives; integration; evaluating integrals; properties of integrals; integration by substitution; integrating by parts; solving differential equations by separation of variables.

Module 4: Advanced calculus (NK)
Revision of differentiation; Taylor series; partial derivatives; revision of integration; integration of functions with more than one variable; differential equations; vectors; dot and cross products.

Module 5: Complex numbers and matrices (MZ)
Complex numbers; polar coordinates; modulus; complex conjugate; De Moivres theorem; evaluating integrals; determinants; matrices; matrix multiplication; inverse of a matrix; eigen-values.