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Chemistry

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Chemistry I
Chemistry 100 Dongala, 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 chemical relations and reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction, gas laws, chemical bonding, the atomic theory, a smattering of quantum theory, and the consequences of that quantum theory. The 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; either high school chemistry or Physics 100 recommended (may be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the fall).
Chemistry II
Chemistry 101 Dongala, 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 deal with classic qualitative inorganic analysis. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry 100 (with a grade of C or higher) and completion of one semester of a college math course at or above Mathematics 109.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the spring).
Chemistry in Context
Chemistry 102 Dongala, D. Myers
4 credits
This course is designed to give the student a good working knowledge of the chemistry that surrounds 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), 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 Dongala, 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, and simple chemical syntheses. The laboratory experiments address the skills and techniques of organic chemistry labs, including syntheses, separations, and extractions; some laboratory experiments demonstrate lecture topics. Laboratory fee. Prequisites: Chemistry 100 and 101 (with a grade of C or higher).
This course is generally offered once a year (in the fall).
Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 303 Dongala, 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 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every three or four years. Last taught S11.
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, high-performance liquid chromatography) are studied. Prerequisites: Chemistry 101 and 303, Physics 101 (can be taken concurrently), and Mathematics 211 or higher.
This course is generally offered once every three or four years. Last taught S11.
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.