Preparatory course Mathematics for Chemists

sFor many chemistry students, Mathematics for Chemists 1(&2) is difficult, not so much because the actual contents is difficult to understand but because high-school mathematics has not provided sufficient training in basic calculus techniques (dealing with fractions, simplifications of expressions, etc.).

Hence, before the start of the first semester, we offer a special preparation course as additional, optional support.

In 2020, this pre-course will take place in the week from Monday, Sept 28, to Friday, Oct 2.
If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to Christopher Witt (“witt” before the at-sign, and “pctc.uni-kiel.de” after it).

Due to the Corona restrictions that are still in effect, this pre-course sadly has to be fully online, consisting of

  • a freely available script for self-study, explaining all topics and providing a few examples (see below)
  • lecture-like parts, in the form of pdf-files combined with explanatory video clips containing key parts and key examples of the script (for asynchronous viewing, either directly in the web-browser or after download of the video files; for each subchapter, the same video is provided in a few different formats and on different servers; choose the one that works (best) for you)
  • exercise sheets (see below) for self-study
  • online exercise groups with time slots from 12:00 to 16:00 on each day of this week (Monday Sept 28 through Friday Oct 2)
  • if possible, please make sure to have working microphones so you can interact more directly with other students

Exercise groups have now been assembled: exercise groups
More information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
For questions, feel free to contact me under hartke_AT_pctc.uni-kiel.de

Online course plan:

We plan to work through approximately one exercise sheet per day. The general plan is:

-Day 1:  exercise sheet 1, videos 1+2

-Day 2: exercise sheet 2, videos 3+4

-Day 3: exercise sheet 3, videos 5+6

-Day 4: exercise sheet 4, videos 7+8

-Day 5: rest of previous exercise sheets(mainly sheet 4) and any additional questions

Depending on how well all of this works as an online course, this may change during the course. The most important thing you can do to help us prepare for the online sessions is to make sure you have working microphones so you can interact with us and the other participants. It would also be advantageous if you at least watch the videos prior to the online sessions.

Course material:

Online lecture material:

  • Einführung/Motivation: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video link link1
  • Potenzrechenregeln: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • Distributivgesetz und Summenzeichen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2 (typo in eq.29 (p.6) fixed in the pdf file)
  • Polynomdivision und Binomische Formeln: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • Quadratische Ergänzung und Bruchrechnen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • Gleichungen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • Komplexe Zahlen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2 (two small copy/paste errors in eqs.56,59 (p.12) in the videos; fixed in the pdf file)
  • Funktionen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2 (typo in eq.25 (p.9) in the videos; fixed in the pdf file)
  • exp/ln-Funktionen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2