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Chemistry

Fall 2009

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055. Science of Food and Wine
Richard Broene T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Druckenmiller-004
Methods of food and wine preparation and production emerged from essentially controlled scientific experiments, even if the techniques of cooking are often carried out without thought of the underlying physical processes at play. Considers the science behind food and wine using bread baking, cooking techniques, the role of microbes in our diet, and wine making and appreciation to explore the chemistry and biology that underlie our gastronomy. Molecular structures and complex interactions central to cooking and wine are examined in integrated laboratory exercises. Assumes no background in science. Not open to students who have credit for a chemistry course numbered 100 or higher.

057. Chemistry of Poisons
Michael Danahy T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Cleaveland-151
An examination of the structure and biological function of selected poisons and toxins. Topics include investigating the 3-D structure of molecules, how structure and function are related, and the chemistry and policy decisions involved in labeling something a “poison.” Assumes no background in science. Not open to students who have credit for a chemistry course numbered 100 or higher.

101. Introductory Chemistry
Jeffrey Nagle M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Cleaveland-151
A first course in a two-semester introductory college chemistry program. An introduction to the states of matter and their properties, the mole concept and stoichiometry, and selected properties of the elements. Lectures, conferences, and four hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students must take the chemistry placement examination prior to registering for Chemistry 101.

109. General Chemistry
Ronald Christensen M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Druckenmiller-016
Introduction to models for chemical bonding and intermolecular forces; characterization of systems at equilibrium and spontaneous processes, including oxidation and reduction; the rates of chemical reactions; and special topics. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students must take the chemistry placement examination prior to registering for Chemistry 109.

210. Chemical Analysis
Elizabeth Stemmler M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25 Druckenmiller-024
Methods of separating and quantifying inorganic and organic compounds using volumetric, spectrophotometric, electrometric, and chromatographic techniques are covered. Chemical equilibria and the statistical analysis of data are addressed. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week.

225. Organic Chemistry I
Michael Danahy M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25 Cleaveland-151
Introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Describes bonding, conformations, and stereochemistry of small organic molecules. Reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols are discussed. Kinetic and thermodynamic data are used to formulate reaction mechanisms. Lectures, conference, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

225. Organic Chemistry I
Richard Broene M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Cleaveland-151
Introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Describes bonding, conformations, and stereochemistry of small organic molecules. Reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols are discussed. Kinetic and thermodynamic data are used to formulate reaction mechanisms. Lectures, conference, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

225. Organic Chemistry I
Jennifer Krumper M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Druckenmiller-016
Introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Describes bonding, conformations, and stereochemistry of small organic molecules. Reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols are discussed. Kinetic and thermodynamic data are used to formulate reaction mechanisms. Lectures, conference, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

232. Biochemistry
Danielle Dube T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Druckenmiller-016
Focuses on the chemistry of living organisms. Topics include structure, conformation, and properties of the major classes of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids); enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation; metabolic transformations; energetics and metabolic control.

251. Physical Chemistry I
Laura Voss T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Druckenmiller-016
Thermodynamics and its application to chemical changes and equilibria that occur in the gaseous, solid, and liquid states. The behavior of systems at equilibrium and chemical kinetics are related to molecular properties by means of statistical mechanics and the laws of thermodynamics. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week. Mathematics 181 is recommended.

305. Environmental Fate of Organic Chemicals
Dharanija Vasudevan T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Searles-313
More than 100,000 synthetic chemicals are currently in daily use. In order to determine the risk posed to humans and ecosystems, we need to understand and anticipate the extent and routes of chemical exposure. Addresses the fate of organic chemicals following their intentional or unintentional release into the environment. Why do these chemicals either persist or break down, and how are they distributed between surface water, ground water, soil, sediments, biota, and air? Analysis of chemical structure is used to gain insight into molecular interactions that determine the various chemical transfer and transformation processes, while emphasizing the quantitative description of these processes.

340. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Jeffrey Nagle T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Hatch Library-210
Inorganic chemistry is incredibly diverse and wide-ranging in scope. Symmetry, spectroscopy, and quantum-based theories and computational methods are employed to gain insight into the molecular and electronic structures and reaction mechanisms of inorganic compounds. Examples from the current literature will be emphasized, including topics in inorganic photochemistry and biochemistry.