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The University has also opened its doors to the Maths Skills Centre, located in the Harry Fairhurst Building. This centre is open for any first year to go in and ask questions about the mathematics in their course.
Here you will find a detailed summary of the topics covered in each term during your first year of undergraduate study.
Quantitative chemistry in the first term is compulsory for those students who do not have any post GCSE level mathematics (ie. do not have A-level Maths or equivalent) and optional for those who do.
The course is structured in the format of assessed problem worksheets and workshops.
However much maths you may have done it may prove useful to revise the topics covered in these sessions as they will be beneficial to your core chemistry studies as well as the mathematics course.
In your second and third term, quantitative chemistry is compulsory for all first year Chemistry undergraduates.
If you would like to practise some maths questions before you join us in October, please feel free to have a go at the worksheet below. Don't worry if there is anything you don't understand 100% or are not quite sure on, it will all be covered in the maths course.
If you have not taken Maths at A-level and you would like an additional resource, a useful textbook is below.
Maths for chemists, Martin Cockett and Graham Doggett; 2nd edition (ISBN 978-1-84973-359-5)
The revised and extended edition of the hugely successful Maths for Chemistry texts provides an accessible and useful resource for all undergraduate chemistry students. The book adopts a user-friendly approach, leading the reader though the underlying mathematical principles before capitalising on confidence gained by developing those concepts in the chemical context. The broad spread of material ranging from elementary essentials to more advanced topics should appeal to readers of wide-ranging mathematical confidence.
This book should be available from the university bookshop (Blackwells) but is also available via the rsc website.
Once on the website click on Courses, then Physical Sciences.
This site is particularly useful as it puts Maths into a chemical context and helps to consolidate maths topics learnt within the core chemistry lecture courses.
Resources include overviews, quizzes, data sheets and worked examples. The most useful topics to cover to help with your first year undergraduate core chemistry lectures and maths course are: