UCSD Chemistry 190/290 Class

Mathematical Methods/Chem I


Katja Lindenberg

  Kim Baldridge  

  • 3202 Urey Hall  
  • klindenberg@ucsd.edu  
  • 858 534-3285  
  • Office Hour: Tues/3:00-4:00 pm
  • 329 SDSC
  • kimb@sdsc.edu
  • 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
  • Matrix Tutorial

  • Comments/Questions to chem190 board

  • Synopsis

    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 computational issues.

    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):

    EXAM Information:

    Grading scheme will be as follows:

    • 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)

    NOTE! 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.

    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!