Mathematics for Physical Chemistry


  • Robert Mortimer, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, USA

Mathematics for Physical Chemistry, Third Edition, is the ideal text for students and physical chemists who want to sharpen their mathematics skills. It can help prepare the reader for an undergraduate course, serve as a supplementary text for use during a course, or serve as a reference for graduate students and practicing chemists. The text concentrates on applications instead of theory, and, although the emphasis is on physical chemistry, it can also be useful in general chemistry courses. The Third Edition includes new exercises in each chapter that provide practice in a technique immediately after discussion or example and encourage self-study. The first ten chapters are constructed around a sequence of mathematical topics, with a gradual progression into more advanced material. The final chapter discusses mathematical topics needed in the analysis of experimental data.
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New chemistry researchers and students in undergraduate and graduate programs, covering general through physical chemistry courses; especially students in honors chemistry courses.


Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-508347-8


"The text is a fairly easy read, well laid out, and laced with examples that serve to illustrate several concepts at once, thus obviating the necessity of hundreds more. The student will derive benefit from the clarity, and the professional from a concise compilation of techniques stressing application rather than theory. As such this book will be useful to a wide range of physical scientists and engineers, as well as the interested life scientist. My summary: Recommended." - John A. Wass, for SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING AND INSTRUMENTATION

Table of Contents

Preface 1 Numbers, Measurements and Numerical Mathematics Numbers 2 Symbolic Mathematics and Mathematical Functions 3 The Solution of Algebraic Equations 4 Mathematical Functions and Differential Calculus5 Integral Calculus 6 Mathematical Series and Transforms 7 Calculus With Several Independent Variables 8 Differential Equations 9 Operators, Matrices,and Group Theory 10 The Solution of Simultaneous Algebraic Equations 11 The Treatment of Experimental Data A Values of Physical Constants B Some Mathematical Formulas and Identities C Infinite Series D A Short Table of Derivatives E A Short Table of Indefinite Integrals F A Short Table of Definite Integrals G Some Integrals with Exponentials in the Integrands: The Error FunctionIndex