Maths for Chemistry: A Chemist's Toolkit of Calculations (2nd edition)

Paul Monk; Lindsey J. Munro
  • The first text of its type to use chemical examples throughout to demonstrate the relevance of mathematical concepts to the study of chemistry, and help motivate the student
  • All key terms are clearly defined, ensuring that the student can grasp the 'language' of maths without being intimidated by unfamiliar jargon
  • Self-check questions throughout enable the student to check their understanding as they progress through the book, making the learning process more effective
  • Extensive end of chapter problems provide the lecturer with an invaluable resource for either formative or summative assessment
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for students and lecturers to enhance the educational value of the text

New to this Edition:

  • Substantially expanded content with eight new chapters covering topics including dimensional analysis, partial differentials, matrices, vectors and determinants, and complex numbers
  • Updated references and links to useful websites
  • New multiple choice questions available on the Online Resource Centre

Mathematical skills and concepts lie at the heart of chemistry, yet they are an aspect of the subject that students fear the most.
Maths for Chemistry recognizes the reality of chemical education today, and the challenges faced by many students in equipping themselves with the maths skills necessary to gain a full understanding of chemistry. Working from basic yet essential principles, the book builds the student's confidence by leading them through the subject in a steady, progressive way from basic algebra to quantum mathematics.
Opening with an introduction to the 'language' of maths and fundamental rules of algebra, the book goes on to cover powers, indices, logs and exponential functions, graphical functions, and trigonometry, before leading the student through both differentiation and integration and on to quantum mathematics. 
With its modular structure, the book presents material in short, manageable sections to keep the content as accessible and readily digestible as possible. Maths for Chemistry is the perfect introduction to the essential mathematical concepts which all chemistry students should master.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Maths for Chemistry features:

For students:
· Multiple choice questions


Preface to the second edition
Instructions for the tutor
Instructions for the student
1: The display of numbers:Standard factors, scientific notation, significant figures and decimal places
2: Algebra I: Introducing notation, nomenclature, symbols, and operators
3: Algebra II: The correct order to perform a series of operations: BODMAS
4: Algebra III: Simplification and elementary rearrangements
5: Algebra IV: Fractions and percentages
6: Algebra V: Rearranging equations according to the rules of algebra
7: Algebra VI:Simplifying equations: brackets and factorising
8: Graphs I:Pictorial representations of functions
9: Graphs II:The equation of a straight line graph
10: Algebra VII:Solving simultaneous linear equations
11: Powers I:Introducing indices and powers
12: Powers II:Exponentials and logarithms
13: Powers III: Obtaining linear grahs from non-linear functions
14: Statistics I:Averages and Simple data analysis
15: Statistis II:Treatment and assessment of errors
16: Trigonometry
17: Differentiation I:Rates of change, tangents, and differentiation
18: Differentiation II:Differentiating Other Functions
19: Differentiation III:Differentiating functions of functions: the chain rule
20: Differentiation IV:The product rule and the quotient rule
21: Differentiation V:Maxima and minima on graphs: second differentials
22: Differentiation VI:Partial differentiation and polar coordinates
23: Integration I:Reversing the process of differentiation
24: Integration II:Separating the variables and integration with limits
25: Integration III:Integration by parts, by substitution, and integration tables
26: Integration IV: Area and volume determination
27: Matrices
28: Vectors
29: Complex numbers
30: Dimensional analysis
Answers to self-test questions
Sources of the examples


Paul Monk, Team Vicar, Medlock Head Parish, Oldham, and formerly Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry: School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Lindsey J. Munro, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University
Revd Dr Paul Monk is Team Vicar at Medlock Head Parish in Oldham and was Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Materials at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, where he lectured and researched since 1991. Dr Monk gained a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD on electrochemistry from the University of Exeter. His research investigates electrochromism and the development of electrochromic materials, a subject area in which he has published over 40 journal articles and several monographs. He is the author of two textbooks, Electroanalytical Chemistry: Principles and Fundamental Applications (Wiley, 2001); and Physical Chemistry - Exploring our Chemical World (Wiley, 2004).
Lindsey J. Munro received both an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (Downing College). Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and in industry in Switzerland followed. After having compared life as a researcher in both industry and universities, she opted for the freedom of academia and returned home to start life as a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She currently lectures in Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics, whilst pursuing her research into understanding flavour using computational chemistry.

"The new edition of Maths for Chemistry extends, expands and improves on the excellent first edition. Changes include new chapters covering more introductory material as well as more advanced material, making this the most comprehensive mathematics text book specifically written for chemists that I have seen." - REviews, The Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre

"The book is well written throughout and has an admirable step-by-step approach to teaching" - Chemistry World

"Maths for Chemistry is the best mathematical toolkit currently available to chemists." - Matthew Ryder, student, Heriot-Watt University