Courses and Outlines

CH-101 LIVING IN A CHEMICAL WORLD (Syllabus)

Current topics of interest to all people in a chemical world are examined, including household products, useful and abused drugs, cosmetics, food chemistry, chemotherapy, fertilizers, pesticides, and carcinogens. The approach is nonmathematical and demonstrates how stimulating and relevant chemistry is to daily life.

CH-102 LIVING IN A CHEMICAL WORLD LABORATORY (Syllabus)

Experiments examine foods, detergents, aspirin, and other commonplace items to demonstrate the ways everyday life is affected by chemistry. These experiments also serve to acquaint the student with some of the fundamentals of laboratory work.

CH-103 CHEMISTRY AND THE ARTS (Syllabus)

This course offers a general background in the correlation between Chemistry and the Arts for students whose interests are at the interface of the two disciplines. The unique feature of this course is that the lecture covers the theoretical foundation of the chemical processes pertinent to the technique artists routinely employ in their trade.

CH-104 CHEMISTRY AND THE ARTS LABORATORY (Syllabus)

This laboratory provides hands-on experience correlating theory and practices involved in works of art such as photography, painting, textiles, and sculpture. Use of modern instrumentation, including infrared spectroscopy, chromatography, and other methods of chemical investigation, will be employed in order to examine the physical and chemical properties of organic materials .

CH-106 CHEMISTRY AND THE ARTS (Syllabus)

This course offers a general background in the correlation between Chemistry and the Arts for students whose interests are at the interface of the two disciplines. The unique feature of this course is that the lecture covers the theoretical foundation of the chemical processes pertinent to the technique artists routinely employ in their trade. The laboratory provides hands-on experience correlating theory and practices involved in works of art such as photography, painting, textiles, and sculpture. Students who successfully complete this course will have a fundamental understanding of their methodology and the materials they use.

CH-110 CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Syllabus)

Air, water, nuclear, pesticide, noise, and solid waste pollution discussed in terms of sources, effects, and control. Basic principles introduced as needed.

CH-111 ENVIRONMENT LABORATORY (Syllabus)

A general introductory course which may be taken with CH-110. Basic experimental design and data gathering and analysis emphasized along with methods used to evaluate pollutants in air and water. The theory and practice of chemical techniques and instruments used in analysis presented.

CH-115 INTRODUCTION TO NANOSCIENCE (Syllabus)

This course will give students an introduction to nanoscience, which is a rapidly growing field in our society. The synthesis of nanomaterials, the tools used to characterize these materials (Electron Microscopy (SEM/TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy), and societal impacts of nanomaterials/technology (such as, ethical, legal, environmental implications) will be covered. Students will select a nanomaterial of interest and also do a term paper and presentation.

CH-120 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (Syllabus: C5A/C, C5B)

A theoretical-descriptive presentation of the fundamental laws, theories, and principles of general and organic chemistry. Minimal knowledge of mathematics required.

CH-121 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (Syllabus)

Introduction to practical aspects of chemical principles. Experiments are designed to illustrate simple chemical principles and basic laboratory techniques. The aim is to provide a background for understanding how chemical laws are derived and verified.

CH-127 INTRODUCTORY COLLEGE CHEMISTRY (Syllabus)

The basic principles and theories of college chemistry are covered, with emphasis on the biological aspects of chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acid-base theory.

CH-128 INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Syllabus)

Topics include the structure, properties, and reactions of organic functional groups, optical isomerism, sterochemistry, macro molecules, and biomolecules, such as fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.

CH-151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (Syllabus)

Matter and energy; stoichiometry; gas laws; phase equilibrium; periodicity of elements; atomic and molecular structure; bonding; molecular orbital theory; kinetic theory; states of matter and inter-molecular forces; atomic spectra; properties; acid-base neutralization.

CH-152 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (Syllabus)

Kinetics; thermodynamics; gas phase equilibria; pH; dissociation of weak acids and bases; buffers; ionic equilibria; solubility product; hydrolysis; Nernst equation; electrochemistry; voltaic and electrolytic cells; Faraday's Law; nuclear chemistry; theory of analytic-group separation and ion identification.

CH-251 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (Syllabus)

The relationship between structure and properties of organic compounds discussed, with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and synthesis. Laboratory work involves preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds.

CH-252 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (Syllabus)

A continuation of CH-251, this course develops the relationship between properties and structure of organic compounds in greater detail. In addition, current syntheses, modern mechanisms of organic reactions, and spectroscopic identification of compounds are discussed. The main families of organic compounds of bio-chemical interest and their typical reactions are studied. Laboratory work involves the synthesis, purification, and identification of organic compounds, as well as organic qualitative analysis.

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