Preparatory course Mathematics for Chemists

For 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
  • presumably exercise groups with fixed online time slots on each day of this week (Monday Sept 28 through Friday Oct 2)
  • and exercise-help sessions in the form of online-chats

Currently, we are assembling the online lectures (pdf-files and video clips), and we are waiting for participant lists that were promised to us (which we will use for setting up the 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


Course material:

Online lecture material:

  • General introduction (to be uploaded)
  • Potenzrechenregeln: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • Distributivgesetz und Summenzeichen: pdf-file, mp4 mit Audiokommentar, alternative video links link1, link2
  • 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)