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Maths for Chemistry

A chemist's toolkit of calculations

Third Edition

Paul Monk and Lindsey J. Munro

July 2021

ISBN: 9780198717324

824 pages

Price: £32.99

The perfect introduction to the essential mathematical concepts which all chemistry students need to master.



Working from foundational principles, Maths for Chemistry builds the student's confidence by leading them through the subject in a steady, progressive way from basic algebra to quantum mathematics.

  • Uses 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

New to this edition

  • Six new chapters covering more advanced material to ensure a chemistry undergraduate has all the support they need: Advanced BODMAS, Probability I (introduction) and Probability II (statistical probabilities), Matrices II (symmetry), Statistics III (Variance and significance testing) and Statistics IV (Analyses with multiple data sets and ANOVA)
  • A new, comprehensive appendix on notation for quick reference
  • New learning features including three recurring boxes to guide students through the most important material: Definition (explaining key terms), Know the rules (summarising the rules of key mathematical concepts), and In depth (providing more in-depth explanations and context of key points to aid understanding)

About the Author(s)

Paul Monk, Formerly Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Lindsey J. Munro, Deputy Head of Department, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Paul Monk is Vicar of Clarksfield and Waterhead Parishes, Oldham, Greater Manchester. He was lecturer then senior lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the Manchester Metropolitan University 1991-2007.

Lindsey J. Munro, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Table of Contents

    Section A: Core mathematics: algebra, logarithms and trigonometry
    1:The display of numbers
    2:Algebra I
    3:Algebra II
    4:Algebra III
    5:Algebra IV
    6:Algebra V
    7:Algebra VI
    8:Algebra VII
    9:Powers I
    10:Powers II
    12:Advanced BODMAS
    Section B: Calculus
    13:Differentiation I
    14:Differentiation II
    15:Differentiation III
    16:Differentiation IV
    17:Differentiation V
    18:Differentiation VI
    19:Integration I
    20:Integration II
    21:Integration III
    22:Integration IV
    Section C: Matrices, vectors and complex numbers
    23:Matrices I
    24:Matrices II
    25:Complex numbers
    Section D: Laboratory mathematics
    27:Graphs I
    28:Graphs II
    29:Graphs III
    30:Probability I
    31:Probability II
    32:Statistics I
    33:Statistics II
    34:Statistics III
    35:Statistics IV
    36:Dimensional analysis


"A very useful text to gradually guide students through both the fundamental and more advanced aspects of mathematics specifically relevant for a chemistry undergraduate degree. It is particularly useful in allowing students to test their knowledge of mathematical concepts and processes via self-test exercise and additional problems that are directly relevant to chemistry. " - Dr Jon Tandy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, London Metropolitan University

"This is an outstanding and carefully thought-out introduction to the mathematical toolkit required for students embarking on a chemistry degree programme." - Dr Robert Johnson, Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University College Dublin

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Maths for Chemistry is supported by online resources and is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

Online resources:

- For students: Multiple choice questions; answers to additional problems
- For lecturers: Figures from the book

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