MTH991 - Mathematics for Chemistry - Workshop

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:39:18.316
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:16:16.406

Subject Title
Mathematics for Chemistry - Workshop

Subject Description
This workshop offers a brief review of some of the foundational mathematical concepts required for the successful completion of CHM091 Chemistry. Topics covered include: operations with fractions, integers and ratios; metric and SI measurement conversions; using the conversion factors method; scientific notation and significant figures; percentages; solving linear equations and word problems.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Perform order of operations involving integers.
  2. Perform order of operations involving fractions and ratios.
  3. Perform measurement conversions using metric and international systems of units (SI).
  4. Round numbers.
  5. Express numbers in scientific notation and using correct significant figures.
  6. Calculate percentages.
  7. Write conversion factors from equalities.
  8. Solving linear equations.
  9. Interpret and solve word problems in chemistry.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Basic arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).   

Topic Outline

  • Calculations involving: integers, fractions and ratios
  • Conversions involving metric and international systems of units (SI)
  • Rounding numbers
  • Significant figures
  • Scientific Notation
  • Percentages
  • Using Conversion Factor Method
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Word problems in Chemistry

Mode of Instruction
Class begins with an overview of concepts that are central to the scheduled topics. The session is then conducted in tutorial fashion, with considerable class interaction on the subject. Active participation is encouraged and expected. Concepts are again summarized in light of class discussion.   

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Non-programable calculator

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
No final grade will be provided for this workshop. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood