CHEM 262 - Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists
Fall 2022, Section 100
Instruction Mode: Section 100 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Chemistry (CHEM)
Department: LSA Chemistry
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115 and 116.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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CHEM 262, Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences, follows two terms of basic math (MATH 115 and 116) and is meant to provide students in the physical sciences with a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the mathematical concepts and tools most relevant to these sciences. The goals of this course are two-fold: To establish knowledge of the mathematical foundations underlying the physical and chemical sciences, and To develop problem-solving and mathematical reasoning skills. The mathematical tools introduced include infinite series, complex numbers, linear algebra, multivariable calculus, vector analysis, Fourier series and transform ordinary and partial differential equations. CHEM 262 aims at providing the mathematical foundations necessary for the advanced physical chemistry, biophysics, and biophysical chemistry courses including CHEM 402, 453, 454, 461, 463, and BIOPHYS 370, 417, 454, 463.

Course Requirements:

Three exams, 50%; problem sets, 30%; participation and quizzes, 20%

Intended Audience:

Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics majors. Other majors in the physical sciences.

Class Format:

Lecture twice a week for 1.5 hours MW 8:30-10:00, discussion once weekly for 1.0 hours.


CHEM 262 - Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists
Schedule Listing
100 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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101 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
102 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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