Maths and Data Analysis for Chemists

Module code: G1140
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture, Practical
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module aims to ensure your mathematical knowledge is good enough that you can apply it, with confidence, to scientific problems in your other modules.

We introduce you to the concepts of accuracy and precision. You gain problem-solving abilities and learn the art of translating a scientific problem into a well-structured mathematical one. You'll be confident with the mathematics, and able to see its relevance in the context of chemistry. You also develop an appreciation for the sources of and propagation of experimental errors.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of numerical precision and an ability to solve equations in order to evaluate a specific physical quantity
  • Be able to extract the slope and intercept of straight line representations of data and its modelling using the best fit
  • An ability to apply and evaluate special functions such as exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric
  • Perform basic matrix algebra, differentiation and integration