CH1M2-Mathematics M2

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: This module is COMPULSORY for students on the BSc Chemistry programme who have an A-level pass at grade C-E in Mathematics and OPTIONAL for those with a grade A-B
Modules excluded: CH1M Chemistry M CH1M3 Mathematics M for Chemistry
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Ann Chippindale


Type of module:

Summary module description:

A mathematics course for chemistry students

To provide students with more advanced 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 when applied in appropriate chemical contexts.

Additional outcomes:
Students will improve their numeracy skills.

Outline content:

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; interconversion between radians and degrees

Introduction to complex (imaginary) numbers, the complex conjugate, modulus.

Further differentiation: specific functions, second differential coefficients for maxima, minima and inflections, applications, partial differentiation, selected methods e.g. chain rule and product rule.

Integration: definition, graphical interpretation, relation to differentiation, definite and indefinite integrals, integration by substitution.

Simple differential equations: method of separation of variables applied to first and second order rate processes (e.g. reaction kinetics, population growth).


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, vectors in two and three dimensions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One one-hour lecture together with one two-hour workshop on related material per week in Spring term. In addition, two workshops at the beginning of the Summer Term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9 1
Supervised time in studio/workshop 20 4
Guided independent study: 40 26
Total hours by term 0 69 31
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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: One Class Test at end of Spring Term worth 20%

Formative assessment methods:

Students will receive oral feedback on their performance in the workshop sessions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University-administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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

    Last updated: 15 July 2019


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