# Do you need to be good at math to be a chemist?

Table of Contents

- 1 Do you need to be good at math to be a chemist?
- 2 What level of math is needed for chemistry?
- 3 What math do chemists use?
- 4 Does chemistry or physics have more math?
- 5 What famous scientist was bad at math?
- 6 Can you be good at physics without being good at math?
- 7 Is it possible to become both a physicist and a chemist?
- 8 How hard is chemistry in math?
- 9 How can I become a better student of Chemistry?

## Do you need to be good at math to be a chemist?

Most top chemists and biomedical researchers have little use for mathematics per se, except in terms of using statistical software or basic calculus. Wilson contends that many students who want to become scientists are put off when they are told that they need to know mathematics well to become great scientists.

## What level of math is needed for chemistry?

If your question refers to what math is required to get an undergraduate degree in Chemistry in the US, you will generally be required to take linear algebra, the amount of calculus that Carl mentions (intro through multidimensional calculus), and often a statistics course.

**Can I do physics if im bad at math?**

Being bad at math is one thing. Although physics does feature a lot of mathematics, it is more than just math. With a little bit of effort and the right study techniques, overcoming the hurdle of mathematics to do well in physics is definitely possible.

### What math do chemists use?

Age 16 to 18

Mathematics | Chemistry context |
---|---|

Proportional reasoning | Analysis of molecular structure; moles |

Algebra and graphs | Analysis of experimental plots of reaction rates; gas laws |

Calculus | Predicting and measuring rates of reaction in measurable experiments |

Units of measurements | Making sense of real, complicated measurements |

### Does chemistry or physics have more math?

Physics involves more mathematics and mathematical thinking than chemistry, which requires more than biology. So if you view maths as a ‘necessary evil’ then maybe chemistry is better for you (all else being equal).

**What math does physics use?**

Honestly, physicists use almost all types of math. Higher mathematics is very common, such as tensor and multivariable calculus. Physicists also use differential geometry, vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and lie algebra.

#### What famous scientist was bad at math?

Thomas Edison: 1847-1931 Edison once said, “I can always hire a mathematician, but they can’t hire me.” After studying Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (‘Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy’), he was left with nothing but a “distaste for mathematics” as a boy.

#### Can you be good at physics without being good at math?

You don’t have to know everything – that’s impossible – but you do have to be comfortable with mathematical concepts and how to apply them. Physics is very math intensive and if you find that you dislike mathematics, perhaps you will want to pursue other educational options.

**How is chemistry related to physics?**

Chemistry studies the composition and reactions of matter. It uses, obeys explains the laws of Physics. Physics studies the properties of Matter and energy and some more esoteric things like time and gravity or at least wishes it could. It needs chemistry to be sure of what matter it is studying.

## Is it possible to become both a physicist and a chemist?

One can argue that chemistry is just physics of substances (compounds, agents, chemicals, drugs). It’s possible to become both physicist and a chemist in a sense if you’ve made yourself good enough at understanding high concepts, memorization, and problem solving.

## How hard is chemistry in math?

Chemistry, like other math-heavy fields in the sciences, is a subject which requires hard work and effort to master. Chemistry entails equations, formulas, and diagrams; some of these may have to be memorized, while others require a complex understanding of chemical structures and math equations.

**Do chemists need to know a lot of math?**

Chemists are not required to have that much knowledge of math. Their ideas are much less crazy or counter-intuitive although here too you need to be passionate and tough. When chemists are required to learn math it is because they are studying chemistry where it is closer to physics. There are other reasons too.

### How can I become a better student of Chemistry?

To excel in chemistry, you’ll need to practice good study habits and pay attention during the lecture, lab, and while doing homework. Chemistry demands a lot of patience, enthusiasm and most importantly, a good relationship with the subject.