2020/2021
Mathematical Tools
Code: 103302
ECTS Credits: 8
Degree 
Type 
Year 
Semester 
2501922 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 
FB 
2 
A 
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to facetoface class attendance imposed by the health authorities.
Use of Languages
 Principal working language:
 catalan (cat)
 Some groups entirely in English:
 No
 Some groups entirely in Catalan:
 No
 Some groups entirely in Spanish:
 No
Teachers
 Albert Beardo Ricol
Prerequisites
The content and the methods introduced in this course presuppose knowledge of the first year Mathematic courses: Fonaments de Matemàtiques and Càlcul.
Objectives and Contextualisation
The aim of the course is to enable the student to use some mathematical tools which are necessary for the study and modeling of nanosystems: analysis and resolution of ordinary and partial differential equations, and some basic tools of probability calculus and statistics.
Competences
 Apply the concepts, principles, theories and fundamental facts of nanoscience and nanotechnology to solve problems of a quantitative or qualitative nature in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
 Communicate orally and in writing in one’s own language.
 Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and fundamental facts related with nanoscience and nanotechnology.
 Interpret the data obtained by means of experimental measures, including the use of computer tools, identify and understand their meanings in relation to appropriate chemical, physical or biological theories.
 Learn autonomously.
 Manage the organisation and planning of tasks.
 Obtain, manage, analyse, synthesise and present information, including the use of digital and computerised media.
 Reason in a critical manner
 Recognise and analyse physical, chemical and biological problems in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and propose answers or suitable studies for their resolution, including when necessary the use of bibliographic sources.
 Resolve problems and make decisions.
Learning Outcomes
 Abstract the essential variables of the phenomena studied, relate them to each other and deduce properties.
 Communicate orally and in writing in one’s own language.
 Correctly use specific computer programs and data processors to accurately determine magnitudes of measurement and estimate the associated uncertainty.
 Identify the mathematical nature of certain physical and chemical phenomena.
 Learn autonomously.
 Manage the organisation and planning of tasks.
 Mathematize certain physical, chemical or biological processes and use accurate mathematical tools to obtain conclusions and interpret the results.
 Obtain, manage, analyse, synthesise and present information, including the use of digital and computerised media.
 Reason in a critical manner
 Recognise the real situations in which the most common probabilistic distributions appear in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
 Recognise the role of probability and statistics as basic tools of the scientific method.
 Resolve problems and make decisions.
 Show the necessary calculation skills to work correctly with formulas, chemical equations or physics models.
 Use accurate mathematical tools to make a correct evaluation of experimental results, putting special emphasis on giving sense to the conclusions obtained.
 Use calculation and simulation tools to substantiate explanatory hypotheses of experimental measures.
 Use graphic and numeric methods to explore, summarise and describe data.
 Use statistical programs and apply statistical data treatment methods to the interpretation of the results.
Content
I. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
 General properties. First order Equations.
 Second order linear Equations.
 Systems of equations. Stability.
II. PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
 Fourier series and Fourier transforms.
 Separation of variables.
 Numeric solution schemes.
III. INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
 Basic concepts. Conditional probability and Bayes Theorem.
 Random variables and Central Limit Theorem.
 Estimators and sampling distributions.
 Hypothesis testing.
Methodology
 Theory classes: The concepts and methods of the different subjects will be introduced, with a variety of examples.
 Problems classes: Teachers will solve selected exercises from a collection that will be available to students beforehand.
 Practical classes: They will be held in a computer classroom. Activities will be proposed to be carried out by means of an adequate software. The results of this practical work must be presented within a given deadline.
 Autonomous work: It is imperative that students complement facetoface activities with autonomous, individual or group work; to practice the resolution of problems is especially important.
Assessment
Three partial tests will be carried out, with a weight in the final evaluation of 25% each. At the end of the course, a reevaluation exam for this 75% will be held for students who need it.
The remaining 25% will come from the evaluation of the delivered problems and from the results of the practical sessions in equal parts. The presentation of the results of the practical sessions will be mandatory.
Only students who have completed 2/3 of the assessment activities may opt for the reevaluation; for example: the three term tests, or two term tests, the practical sessions and half of the problems delivered.
The student who carries out evaluation activities that involve less than 50% of the total evaluation will be considered "not assessable".
Assessment Activities
Title 
Weighting 
Hours 
ECTS 
Learning Outcomes 
Delivery of solved problems 
12,5% 
0

0 
1, 5, 2, 13, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 10, 12, 14, 3, 16

Results of the practical sessions 
12,5% 
0

0 
1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 17, 12, 3, 15, 16

Term tests 
75% 
9

0.36 
1, 2, 13, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

Bibliography
W. E. Boyce, Ecuaciones diferenciales y problemas con valores en la frontera, Limusa, 1998.
G. F. Simmons, Ecuaciones diferenciales: con aplicaciones y notas históricas, McGrawHill, 1993.
R. Delgado de la Torre, Probabilidad y estadística para ciencias e ingenierías, Delta, 2008.
S. M. Ross, Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, 4th Ed. (2009) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123704832