I was wondering if algebra based physics will be useful or I will be in a disadvantage? I’m doing a minor in chemsitry and math. So I’m not sure when I will take PCHEM. Probably after partial differential equations I will take it. I’m hoping to take it in fall 2019 or spring 2020.im a tranafer student who recently changed major to biology.
Disclaimer: I have never taken physical chemistry, but...
Having an M.Sc. in physics and having read the wikipedia article on physical chemistry, it sounds to me that physical chemistry is nothing more than a subset of physics for a "molecular scale dynamics and related phenomena" written in a language familiar to a chemistry department. Hence i would recommend the same background information as i would consider necessary for that subset of physics.
Calculus and differential equations will basically establish the language to describe the phenomena on that scale.
Some linear algebra may help in linearisation and discretisation of the more complex problems.
Basic physics introduce you to concepts of energy and momentum and mass, force, electro-magnetism, basic concepts of quantum mechanics, diffraction and other wave phenomena (2 semesters of sophmore level physics). More advanced physics rephrase all these concepts in language of calculus. A subset of the "more advanced physics" that is on the molecular scale sounds like physical chemistry.
Sounds to me like a junior level course with pre-reqs being calculus (2-3 semesters), differential equations (1 semester) general physics (2 semesters) and general chemistry (2 semesters).
Just my $0.02, take it for what it's worth.