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Chemistry I
Chemistry 100 Dooley, D. Myers
4 credits
This course is designed to cover the basic principles of chemistry and to prepare the student to take further chemistry classes. Topics include writing and dealing with chemical equations, an understanding of chemical relations and reactions, stoichiometry, oxidationreduction, gas laws, chemical bonding, the atomic theory, a smattering of quantum theory, and the consequences of that quantum theory. The required concurrent laboratory deals with the safe handling of chemicals, the apparatus of chemistry and the chemical lab, the quantification of data, and chemical identifications based on these data; many laboratory exercises demonstrate and exemplify lecture concepts. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: Mathematics 109 or higher. First year students must be enrolled in MATH 210 or higher concurrently. Either high school chemistry or Physics 100 recommended (Physics 100 may be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the fall).
Chemistry II
Chemistry 101 Dooley, D. Myers
4 credits
This course is a continuation of Chemistry 100. Topics covered include solutions, acid/base theory, kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics of chemical reactions, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry. The laboratory experiments mostly deal with classic qualitative inorganic analysis; other experiments illustrate and magnify lecture topics. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry 100 (with a grade of C or higher) or equivalent course with lab at an accredited college or university.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the spring).
Chemistry in Context
Chemistry 102 D. Myers
4 credits
This course is designed to give the student a good working knowledge of the chemistry that surrounds 156 her/him in everyday life, as well as the tools by which to intelligently evaluate data presented by both the media and the spoken word. The student is asked to learn chemical concepts only when they are met and as they apply to the particular situation under discussion (e.g., acid rain and pH). While not designed to prepare the student in one semester to take Organic Chemistry (or other advanced chemistry classes), nor to serve as a prerequisite for Chemistry II, the student should emerge able to understand chemical concepts as presented by society, and cogently discuss these matters with some knowledge, as well as to connect her/his knowledge to issues of concern. Laboratory work done during the semester acquaints the student with various methods of examining scientific and chemical data, as well as some of the problems associated with the collection of said data. Laboratory fee.
This course is generally offered once every three or four years. Last taught S12.
Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry 302 Dooley, D. Myers
4 credits
The course deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Topics include bonding, classification of functional groups, organic chemical nomenclature, electron delocalization, stereochemistry, beginning of reaction mechanisms, equilibrium, spectroscopy, and simple chemical syntheses. The laboratory experiments address the skills and techniques of organic chemistry labs, including syntheses, separations, and extractions and are designed to parallel many lecture topics. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: Chemistry 100 and 101 (with grades of C or higher in both courses).
This course is generally offered once a year (in the fall).
Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 303 Dooley, D. Myers
4 credits
This course is a continuation of Chemistry 302. Topics include conjugation, aromaticity, aromatic substitution reactions, spectroscopy, carbonyl compounds and their addition reactions, acids and acid derivatives (amines, alcohols), and pericyclic reactions. All topics are aimed toward synthesis, and a understanding of the reaction mechanisms, both of and using the compounds of interest. The laboratory experiments will deal with guided organic analysis, culminating in classical qualitative organic analysis. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Chemistry 302 (with a grade of C or higher) and all of its prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the spring).
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 306 D. Myers
4 credits
This course examines in detail the chemistry of the main group and transition metal elements, examining the effects of electron configuration in the determination of the geometry and spin-state of inorganic complexes. Students also examine how the size of an atom and the charge on it affect the compounds it forms and study the applications of group theory to chemistry. This lays the base for further studies both in organometallic chemistry and coordination chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101 and Mathematics 211 or higher (with a grade of C or higher) or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every three or four years. Last taught S14.
Instrumental Methods of Analysis in Chemistry
Chemistry 310T D. Myers
4 credits
Much of the physical data about the structure and composition of compounds is obtained from the highly specific and known ways in which compounds interact with radiant energy. Instrumentation to measure such interactions is a powerful tool routinely used in analysis. This course investigates both the theoretical basis of these methods and the practical use of the data in the determination of structure and composition. The course investigates electronic spectroscopy (atomic absorption, ultraviolet), vibrational spectroscopy (infrared, Raman), and other excitation spectroscopies (nuclear magnetic resonance, circular dichroism, optical rotatory dispersion). In addition, some instrumental methods of purification and assessing purity (gas chromatography, highperformance liquid chromatography) are studied. The course is focused almost exclusively on learning how to interpret these spectral data. Prerequisites: Chemistry 101 and 303, Physics 101 (can be taken concurrently), and Mathematics 211 or higher.
This course is generally offered as a tutorial.
Physical Organic Chemistry I: Molecular Orbital Theory
Chemistry 410T D. Myers
4 credits
Organic chemistry and its reactions depend largely on the molecular orbitals involved within the substrates of interest as well as on subtle effects of substituents on the substrate. This course presents an understandable method of deriving these orbitals and thereby a method of comprehending the chemistry. It also examines the substrate effects on many of the more frequent organic reactions and how they can strongly influence the product(s) observed. Prerequisites: Chemistry 101 and 303, Physics 101, and Mathematics 211 or higher.
This course is generally offered as a tutorial.
Chemistry Tutorial
Chemistry 300/400 Staff
4 credits
Under these course numbers, juniors and seniors design tutorials to meet their particular interests and programmatic needs. A student should see the prospective tutor to define an area of mutual interest to pursue either individually or in a small group. A student may register for no more than one tutorial in any semester.