UCSD Chemistry 190/290 Class
Mathematical Methods/Chem I
3202 Urey Hall
Office Hour: Tues/3:00-4:00 pm
858 534 5149
Office Hour: Mon./4:00-5:00 pm
NOTE: Other office hours are easily available by appointment.
Lectures: Tu-Th/9:35-10:55, McHill 2322
Homework Assignment & TakeHome Final Exam Retrievals
Special Functions Article
Comments/Questions to chem190 board
This is a course in Math that covers topics useful for Chemistry (and that often Chemistry
students have never taken or seen only in bits and pieces or have forgotten). It is NOT a
course in Computational Chemistry - there are other courses in the department that deal with
Sudents enrolled in Chem 190 and in Chem 290 will all be responsible for the topics to be covered in lecture (see below). In addition, Chem 290 students will be responsible for independent study material (see below) for which notes will be provided.
Topics to be covered in lecture for both Chem 190 and Chem 290
Additional Material for Chem 290 (Independent study):
- Matrices and Linear Transformations
- Group Theory
- Probability Theory
- Special Functions
- Fourier Series
- Fourier and Laplace Transforms
- There will be one in-class MIDTERM on Wednesday May 9, 7:00-9:00 pm(location to be announced).
- There will be one in-class FINAL for all students at the scheduled time, Friday June 15, 8:00-11:00 am
- Chem 290 students will have an additional take-home portion of their final exam that will be due at the time of the scheduled final.
Grading scheme will be as follows:
The take-home portion of the Final for Chem 290 students is to be worked on individually! You may NOT consult another person (fellow student or otherwise). You may use books or other printed or on-line resources.
- In-class Midterm 200 points (40% for Chem 190; 28.57% for Chem 290)
- In-class Final 300 points (60% for Chem 190; 42.86% for Chem 290)
- Take-home Final 200 points (NA for Chem 190; 28.57% for Chem 290)
HOMEWORK:will be assigned regularly. Homework will not be greaded in detail, but we will collect it, record whether you handed it in (and how much of it), and may use it to decide grades in borderline cases. Much more importantly, working the problems is CRUCIAL to your understanding of the material and for good performance on the exams. We will provide solutions (after they are due, of course) to most or all problems. Working together on homework assignments is OK. You can probably get hold of solutions to many of the problems from former students, but that would defeat the purpose if you do it before trying them on your own or if you just copy them. So we trust that you will not do anything self-destructive and that you are as interested in learning and understanding the material as we are for you to learn it!