Mathematical Methods for Molecular Science

Theory and applications, visualizations and narrative

John E. Straub

Price: £45.00 , $59.00, €54.00

VIP Price: £31.50. Join the VIP Club now

In Stock

Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 14, 2022

Pages: 380 pages

ISBN: 9781940380131 Related titles:


This brilliant new text by John Straub (Boston University) is designed to bridge the “mathematics knowledge gap” between what is commonly known by students after completing a year of introductory calculus, and what is required for success in the physical sciences and in physical chemistry courses. Key concepts from the introductory calculus sequence are reviewed and carefully selected topics in multivariate calculus, probability and statistics, ordinary differential equations, and linear algebra are explored. Additional chapters cover advanced topics, including partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, and group theory. Engaging narratives, fully worked examples, hundreds of colourful visualizations, and ample end-of-chapter problems with complete answers combine to make this stunning new text an excellent choice for a one-semester course on mathematical methods, as a supplement for courses in physical chemistry, or as a self-study guide. Ancillaries for adopting faculty include in-class worksheets, sample exams, and an answer manual.

Key features:

  • Abundant end-of-chapter exercises, including three difficulty levels, with answers at the back of the book
  • Ample worked examples throughout, with clearly explained steps to guide problem solving
  • Reviews of all basic introductory calculus concepts before the introduction of new topics
  • Over 400 original color figures to help visualize problem solving and interpretation of results
  • Margin notes offering historical context and additional mathematical details
  • Key ancillaries including in-class worksheets, sample exams, and an answer guide for adopting instructors

1 Functions and coordinate systems
2 Complex numbers and logarithms
3 Differentiation in one and many dimensions
4 Scalars, vectors, and vector algebra
5 Scalar and vector operators
6 Extremizing functions of many variables
7 Integration in one and many dimensions
8 Sequences, series, and expansions
9 Fundamentals of probability and statistics
10 Ordinary differential equations
11 More ordinary differential equations
12 Partial differential equations
13 Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and harmonic analysis
14 Matrices and matrix algebra
15 Eigenvalues and eigenvectors
16 Geometric transforms and molecular symmetry
Bibliography; Index; Colophon

No resources currently available for this title.