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Mathematics for Chemistry

About the course
This course will introduce the students to various basic mathematical methods for chemists. The methods involve error analyis, probability and statistics, linear algebra, vectors and matrices, first and second order differential equations and their solution. Students in 3rd year B Sc or 1st year M Sc are encouraged to take this course. All the assignments and the final examination will be of objective type.

Intended audience
M Sc 1st year, B Sc 3rd year

Basic knowledge of integration, differentiation, real and complex numbers, vectors and scalars. 2 years of undergraduate chemistry courses so students are familiar with kinetics, basic quantum mechanics and Boltzmann statistics.

Industries that will recognize this course
Companies involved in molecular modeling may be interested in this as a precursor to advanced courses on molecular modeling

Course instructor

Prof. Madhav Ranganathan has been a faculty in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur since 2007.  His research interests are statistical mechanics of crystal growth and theoretical biophysics. His main teaching interests are in Physical Chemistry, especially more theoretically inclined courses. He has taught several courses at IIT Kanpur at undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels. He has taught Mathematics for Chemistry at IIT Kanpur several times and this has influenced the material for this course. On his website, http://home.iitk.ac.in/~madhavr ,it is possible to find details of several courses taught by him. 

Course layout

Week 1 : Errors and Statistics

Week 2 : Vectors and Vector spaces

Week 3 : Matrics and Determinants

Week 4 : Matrix operations

Week 5:  First order ordinary differential equations

Week 6: Solution of First order ODEs, system of ODEs.

Week 7: 2nd oder ODEs

Week 8: Power Series method

List of reference materials/books/

1. Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, D.A. McQuarrie

2. Advanced Engineering Mathematics, E.L. Kreyszig.

More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_cy02
Course duration: 08 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 20 February 2017-14 April 2017
Date of exam:  23 April,2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon;Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course
Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations. 
Exam Fee:The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid.More details will be made available when the exam registration from is published.

Final score will be calculated as:25% of assignment score + 75% of Final Exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 Assignments.
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.
Certificate will have your name,photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur.
It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.