Maths for Chemistry

A Chemist's Toolkit of Calculations

Second Edition

Paul Monk, Lindsey J. Munro

Maths for Chemistry

A Chemist's Toolkit of Calculations

Second Edition

Paul Monk, Lindsey J. Munro






27 Apr 2010




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Mathematical skills and concepts lie at the heart of chemistry, yet they are an aspect of the subject that students fear the most.

Maths for Chemistry recognizes the reality of chemical education today, and the challenges faced by many students in equipping themselves with the maths skills necessary to gain a full understanding of chemistry. Working from basic yet essential principles, the book builds the student's confidence by leading them through the subject in a steady, progressive way from basic algebra to quantum mathematics.

Opening with an introduction to the 'language' of maths and fundamental rules of algebra, the book goes on to cover powers, indices, logs and exponential functions, graphical functions, and trigonometry, before leading the student through both differentiation and integration and on to quantum mathematics.

With its modular structure, the book presents material in short, manageable sections to keep the content as accessible and readily digestible as possible. Maths for Chemistry is the perfect introduction to the essential mathematical concepts which all chemistry students should master.


List of abbreviations and symbols
Instructions for the tutor
Instructions for the student
1: Ways of displaying numbers
2: Algebra I: Introducing notation, nomenclature, symbols, and operators
3: Algebra II: The correct order to perform a series of operations: BODMAS
4: Algebra III: Simplification and elementary rearrangements
5: Algebra IV: The use of fractions
6: Algebra V: Rearranging equations according to the rules of algebra
7: Algebra VI: Simplifying equations: brackets and factorising
8: Graphs I: Introducing pictorial representations of functions
9: Graphs II: The equation of a straight line
10: Graphs VII: Solving simultaneous linear equations
11: Powers I: Introducing indices and powers
12: Powers II: Logarithms and exponentials
13: Powers III: Obtaining linear graphs from non-linear functions
14: Statistics I: Averages and Simple data analysis
15: Statistis II: Treatment and assessment of errors
16: Trigonometry
17: Differentiation I: Introduction, tangents, rates of change, and first principles
18: Differentiation II: Differentiating other functions
19: Differentiation III: Differentiating functions of functions: the chain rule
20: Differentiation IV: The product and quotient rules
21: Differentiation V: Maxima and minima on graphs: second differentials
22: Differentiation VI: Partial differentiation and polar coordinates
23: Integration I: Reversing the process of differentiation
24: Integration II: Separating the variables and integration with limits
25: Integration III: Integration by parts, by substitution, and integration tables
26: Integration IV: Area and volume determination
27: Quantum mathematics I: Matrices and determinants
28: Quantum mathematics II: Vectors
29: Quantum mathematics III: Complex numbers
30: Dimensional analysis
Answers to all self-test problems
Chemical Index
Chemistry index
Mathematics index


Paul Monk , Team Vicar, Medlock Head Parish, Oldham, and formerly Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry: School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Lindsey J. Munro , School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Revd Dr Paul Monk is Team Vicar at Medlock Head Parish in Oldham and was Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Materials at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, where he lectured and researched since 1991. Dr Monk gained a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD on electrochemistry from the University of Exeter. His research investigates electrochromism and the development of electrochromic materials, a subject area in which he has published over 40 journal articles and several monographs. He is the author of two textbooks, Electroanalytical Chemistry: Principles and Fundamental Applications (Wiley, 2001); and Physical Chemistry - Exploring our Chemical World (Wiley, 2004). Lindsey J. Munro received both an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (Downing College). Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and in industry in Switzerland followed. After having compared life as a researcher in both industry and universities, she opted for the freedom of academia and returned home to start life as a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She currently lectures in Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics, whilst pursuing her research into understanding flavour using computational chemistry.

Student Resources

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  • Multiple choice questions

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`Review from previous edition I think this text will be one of the best in its area, and should be far more suitable to the current level of chemistry undergraduate than most of its competitors...Half the battle with chemistry students is trying to persuade them that maths is not that difficult, and this book goes a long way to making mathematics understandable, as well as showing it to be a crucial tool for chemists to use.'

Paul May, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK