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# Mathematics for Physical Chemistry : Opening Doors

**by**McQuarrie, Donald A.

### 9781891389566

1891389564

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4/1/2008

Univ Science Books

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## Summary

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: Differentiation | p. 1 |

Functions of a Single Variable: Integration | p. 14 |

Series and Limits | p. 26 |

Functions Defined by Integrals | p. 42 |

Complex Numbers | p. 54 |

Ordinary Differential Equations | p. 64 |

Power Series Solutions of Differential Equations | p. 81 |

Orthogonal Polynomials | p. 92 |

Fourier Series | p. 107 |

Fourier Transforms | p. 118 |

Operators | p. 130 |

Functions of Several Variables | p. 144 |

Vectors | p. 166 |

Plane Polar Coordinates and Spherical Coordinates | p. 179 |

The Classical Wave Equation | p. 191 |

The Schrodinger Equation | p. 205 |

Determinants | p. 220 |

Matrices | p. 231 |

Matrix Eigenvalue Problems | p. 247 |

Vector Spaces | p. 264 |

Probability | p. 278 |

Statistics: Regression and Correlation | p. 295 |

Numerical Methods | p. 306 |

References | p. 323 |

Answers to Selected Problems | p. 327 |

Index | p. 341 |

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