Chemistry Course Descriptions
- Molecular Structure and Properties
Full course for one semester. Introduction to the chemist’s description and use of light and matter. Specific topics include the interaction of light and matter (spectroscopy), the structure of the atom and the atomic structure of matter, chemical bonds and intermolecular forces, and chemical descriptions of color and solubility. Lecture-conference-laboratory.
- Chemical Reactivity
Full course for one semester. An introduction to the reactions of atoms and molecules, focusing on examples from environmental chemistry. Specific topics include gas laws, solution phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101. Lecture-conference-laboratory.
Chemistry 201, 202
- Organic Chemistry
Full course for one semester each. Introduction to theories describing the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. Theoretical principles are illustrated using computer-based molecular models. Structure, methods of preparation, and reactions of important classes of organic compounds are examined. Laboratory work introduces techniques used in the preparation, purification, and spectroscopic identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite for 201: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite for 202: Chemistry 201 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference-laboratory.
- Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
Full course for one semester. A descriptive exploration of the chemistry of inorganic compounds including the structure, bonding, and reactions of main-group molecules, transition metal complexes, and extended solids. Laboratory work includes the synthesis and characterization of molecular compounds and extended solids, and introduces useful characterization techniques including infrared and electronic spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermal analysis. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference-laboratory. May be taken without the lab for one-half unit.
- Environmental Chemistry Seminar
One-half course for one semester. This course will deal with the chemical reactions and behavior of compounds in the environment, both generally and in case studies of environmental problems that may be related to specific classes of compounds. It is anticipated that the case studies will be facilitated by student presentations. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Conference. Not offered 2006-07.
- Analytical Chemistry
Full course for one semester. An examination of the principles of chemical equilibria and the principles and methods of chemical and instrumental analysis. The functions of classical volumetric and gravimetric techniques, along with electronic, optical, and mechanical instrument components and features of their organization into measurement systems are discussed. Applicability and limitations of representative electrochemical, spectroscopic, and nuclear instruments are assessed. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.
- Physical Chemistry Laboratory
One-half course for one semester. An exploration of various experimental strategies and techniques in physical chemistry, as applied to inorganic, organic, and biochemical problems. Laboratory work includes investigations of energetics, molecular structure, and reaction dynamics requiring the use of large instrument systems and critical analysis and interpretation of experimental data. Prerequisites: Chemistry 311 and 333, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.
- Advanced Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
One-half course for one semester. Reactive species are described from the perspective of experimental observations and molecular models. Discussions emphasize techniques for constructing a plausible mechanism for an unfamiliar reaction. Construction techniques are illustrated for several types of reactions, including cyclizations, cycloadditions, and rearrangements. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.
- Statistical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
Full course for one semester. An introduction to statistical mechanics, which provides a bridge between the quantum mechanical description of properties pertaining to microscopic systems and the classical thermodynamic description of properties pertaining to macroscopic systems. An examination of the relations between molecular dynamics, observed rates, and inferred mechanisms of chemical reactions will be included. Prerequisites: Mathematics 111 and 112, Physics 100, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.
- Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure
Full course for one semester. An introduction to principles of quantum mechanics and their application to problems in atomic and molecular structure. Prerequisites: Mathematics 111 and 112, and Physics 100. Lecture.
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
One-half course for one semester. A detailed discussion of the use of symmetry and group theory in inorganic chemistry, including applications in vibrational and electronic spectroscopy and in molecular orbital theory. Translational symmetry will also be discussed, including space groups and their use in crystallography, and band theory for extended solids. Wherever possible, topics for discussion will be drawn from the current literature. Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 333, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. Not offered 2006-07.
- Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Full course for one semester. A study of synthetic methods and design. Topics discussed include methods of building carbon skeletons and changing functional groups, strategies for organic synthesis, and exemplary syntheses of natural products. Laboratory work introduces students to multistep synthesis. The laboratory and lecture focus on the use of high field NMR spectroscopy as a tool for structure determination. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202. Lecture-laboratory.
- Organometallic Chemistry
One-half course for one semester. A study of the basic principles of the organometallic chemistry of d-block elements. Topics will include a survey of the properties and reactions of organometallic complexes and applications of organotransition metal compounds in catalysis, organic synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Lectures will be supplemented by discussions of current literature in the field. Students will use bibliographic and electronic searching software to prepare research papers based on the current literature. Lecture-conference. Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 333 (corequisite is acceptable) or consent of the instructor.
- Structural Biochemistry
One-half course for one semester. An examination of the structure and function of biomolecules, particularly proteins and polynucleic acids. Areas of study include protein stability and folding, protein–ligand interactions, enzyme kinetics and catalysis, and the molecular mechanisms for gene regulation and protein biosynthesis. Computer-based molecular models are used to examine biomolecular structures in an interactive fashion. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202. Lecture.
- Metabolic Biochemistry
One-half course for one semester. An exploration of the regulatory interrelationships among the numerous catalytic activities found in living cells with the goal of learning how and why cells molecularly maintain homeostasis. This will be accomplished by a detailed analysis of carbohydrate metabolism and its associated regulatory proteins (primarily enzymes) and related pathways. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic bases of energy metabolism and its regulation. Other related topics may include a survey of crucial biosynthetic and catabolic pathways, conservation of mechanism in catalyses of diverse reactions, supermolecular organization and channeling of metabolites, recent developments in understanding nitrogen metabolism, and the mechanism of ATP synthesis. Prerequisites: Chemistry 201/202 and 391, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.
- Biochemical Methods
One-half course for one semester. An introduction to the laboratory techniques commonly used in biochemistry. Experiments demonstrate methods used in the purification and characterization of proteins and polynucleotides and illustrate principles of enzyme kinetics, inhibition, and stereochemistry. Independent projects allow students to probe specific areas of interest. Prerequisites: Chemistry 391 or 392, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.
- Seminar in Structural Biochemistry
One-half course for one semester. An examination of current topics relating to structural biochemistry with an emphasis on the primary literature. Written assignments will support readings and discussion. The focus of the course in 2006-07 will be on chemical theories related to the origin of life, the evolution of biological macromolecules, and human attempts at intelligent design in biochemistry. Corequisite: Chemistry 391. Conference.
Full course for one year.
- Individual Work in Special Fields
One-half course for one semester.
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