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Mathematics for Physical Chemistry



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A wonderful quotation advises students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses, as they might be able to "hear the sound of closing doors." This text, written by best-selling author Donald McQuarrie, is meant to keep doors open to undergraduate and even graduate chemistry students who need a quick review of the mathematical methods that are used throughout chemistry. It is the outgrowth of a collection of "MathChapters" from McQuarrie's famous texts, Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach and Quantum Chemistry Second Edition. These "MathChapters," now available to all, provide students with concise reviews of mathematical topics, discussing only the minimal amount that students need to know. By reading these reviews before the mathematics is applied to physical chemical problems, a student will be able to spend less time worrying about the math and more time learning the physical chemistry. This book can also be used as a supplement with an

Author Biography

Donald A. McQuarrie is in the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

Functions of a Single Variable: Differentiationp. 1
Functions of a Single Variable: Integrationp. 14
Series and Limitsp. 26
Functions Defined by Integralsp. 42
Complex Numbersp. 54
Ordinary Differential Equationsp. 64
Power Series Solutions of Differential Equationsp. 81
Orthogonal Polynomialsp. 92
Fourier Seriesp. 107
Fourier Transformsp. 118
Operatorsp. 130
Functions of Several Variablesp. 144
Vectorsp. 166
Plane Polar Coordinates and Spherical Coordinatesp. 179
The Classical Wave Equationp. 191
The Schrodinger Equationp. 205
Determinantsp. 220
Matricesp. 231
Matrix Eigenvalue Problemsp. 247
Vector Spacesp. 264
Probabilityp. 278
Statistics: Regression and Correlationp. 295
Numerical Methodsp. 306
Referencesp. 323
Answers to Selected Problemsp. 327
Indexp. 341
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