CH1M-Chemistry M

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn, Spring and Summer
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE maths grade C
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Ann Chippindale


Summary module description:

To provide students with the mathematical tools needed for the chemistry degree programme.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to perform simple calculations on the topics named below both in a mathematical context and as applied in appropriate chemical contexts.

Additional outcomes:
Students will improve their numeracy skills

Outline content:
Basic algebra: multiplication/division of powers; simultaneous equations; solutions of quadratic equations (i.e. ax2 + bx + c = 0) by factorising and using x = {-b± (b2-4ac)½}/2a.
Units, dimensions, significant figures, graphical techniques; examples such as y = mx+c, including how to draw and interpret a straight line graph.
Logarithms (bases e and 10), exponentials and relation to logarithms: application to pH, Beer-Lambert law, Arrhenius equation; significance of e, y = log x, y = ex.
Trigonometry: useful relationships, Pythagoras’ theorem, sine rule, cosine rule; properties of important functions, curve sketching, y = cos x, y = sin x, y = tan x etc; radians and degrees, Pi.
Introduction to complex (imaginary) numbers, the complex conjugate.
Differentiation: definition, graphical interpretation, first principles; differentiation of simple functions of x, turning points, the chain rule and other selected methods.

Simple differential equations: examples of kinetic rate laws.

Integration: definition, graphical interpretation, relation to differentiation, definite and indefinite integrals.
Basic statistics required for interpretation of data: mean, standard deviation and variance; confidence intervals; significance testing for evidence of systematic error.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One-hour lecture together with one 2 hour workshop on related material per week. In addition, students will attend three workshops at the beginning of the Summer Term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 20 21 6
Guided independent study 64 69
Total hours by term 94.00 100.00 6.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 10
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will attend workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory but not all workshops will contribute to the assessment.

Relative percentage of coursework: Two assessed workshops 20%

Formative assessment methods:
There will also be a weekly test equating to 10% of overall mark.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

    Length of examination:
    3 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by examination in August/September.

    Last updated: 12 September 2012

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