CH1M-Chemistry M

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: This module is COMPULSORY for students on the BSc Chemistry programme who do not have an A-level pass in Mathematics
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

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 by using general formula.
Units, dimensions, significant figures, graphical techniques; including how to draw and interpret a straight line graph (y = mx + c).
Logarithms (including bases e and 10), exponentials and their relationship to logarithms: application to pH, Beer-Lambert law, Arrhenius equation; plotting functions e.g. 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, turning points and inflections, the chain rule and other selected methods. Partial differentiation, 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.

Vectors: calculating magnitude and directions of vectors; vector addition and subtraction; vectors multiplied by scalars; dot product (scalar product) and its use to find the angle between two vectors. Students will learn to carry out calculations in these areas on vectors in two and three dimensions.

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 9 11
Practicals classes and workshops 20 21 7
Guided independent study 64 68
Total hours by term 93.00 100.00 7.00
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.

Relative percentage of coursework: Two class tests 20%

There will also be a weekly class exercise equating to 10% of overall mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • 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 for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    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.

    Length of examination:
    3 hours

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

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will be by examination only worth 100%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Specialist equipment or materials: Scientific Calculator (non-programmable), approximately £10.00.

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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