CHEM 262 - Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists
Section: 100
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Chemistry (CHEM)
Department: LSA Chemistry
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.
Primary Instructor:

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 multi-variable calculus, which forms the mathematical framework underlying thermodynamics, linear algebra and ordinary and partial differential equations, which form the mathematical framework underlying quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, and kinetics, and probability theory and statistics, which form the mathematical framework underlying statistical mechanics and data analysis. 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:

Two Midterm Exams (12.5% each), Cumulative Final Exam (25%). Twelve Problem Sets (33%): Conceptual and quantitative problems. Quizzes and Participation in class and discussion section (17%).

Intended Audience:

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

Class Format:

Lecture three times weekly for 1.0 hours; discussion once weekly for 1.0 hours.

CHEM 262 - Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists
Schedule Listing
100 (LEC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
101 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
102 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9781891389566
Mathematics for physical chemistry, Author: Donald A. McQuarrie., Publisher: University Science Books 2008
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