Course review : CH481

CH481 : Computers in Chemistry

~ by Akanksha Gupta

Disclaimer:The content of this page are opinions expressed by individual students. The information provided is for guidance purposes. Use the information at your own risk.



During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn Semester 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Sandip Kar

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

I feel it was quite moderate

What was the Attendance Policy?

No DX grades were awarded & Attendance was not considered as a parameter for grading



This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes, Mid-Sem, End-Sem(theory+practical for each of these); Labs

Marks for all the exams (theory+practical) were added and then scaled down to 100.

What are the topics covered in the course?

Numerical computing using a high level language like FORTRAN/C: Programming principles using loops, arrays and functions; use of libraries; Numerical methods: truncation and round off errors; roots; interpolation; differentiation and integration; linear equations, matrix operations; curve fitting; ODEs; optimization; Application of numerical methods to chemical problems.

How were the Lectures for this course?

Lectures were quite informative. Schedule for each class and lab was pre-decided. Since, it is a programming course and covers a lot of topics in such a short period, it becomes a lot to grasp for the beginners. Those who already had some programming experiences were doing good but that was not the case for everyone. A tutorial containing 2-3 questions was provided after each class, those questions were needed to be programmed in the next lab. However lab timing of 1.5 hours was not sufficient and the questions needed to be worked upon beforehand.

How were the Exams for this course?

Exams were on a moderate level to include everyone (experienced+beginners). Tutorials, PPTs were needed to be practiced thoroughly

Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

Practice as much as you can. Try to workout the tutorials before-hand and do it yourself first. Be attentive through the lectures to understand the approach required.

References used in this course:

W. E. Mayo and M. Cwiakala, Programming with FORTRAN 77, Schaum’s Outline Series, McGraw Hill, 1995.
Lipschitz- FORTRAN 77
(These books are easily available in the library)
PPTs were sufficient though

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s