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CHEM 1008 : Academic Support for CHEM 2080
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Steve Johnson
CHEM 1008 reviews material presented in CHEM 2080 lectures and also provides problem-solving strategies and practice. This course is recommended for students who want to improve their chemistry problem-solving skills. CHEM 1008 is not a substitute for CHEM 2080 lectures and recitations.
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CHEM 1058 : Academic Support for CHEM 3580
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jane Walcott
Reviews material presented in CHEM 3580 lectures and offers practice with CHEM 3580 material. Weekly review sessions focus on the most important topics covered in lecture and office hours held throughout the week are designed to help improve performance in CHEM 3580.
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CHEM 1080 : Introduction to Critical Thinking for the Sciences
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Lee
This course centers on the critical reasoning skills required to solve freshmen chemistry problems.  Our Spring freshman chemistry class (CHEM 2080) presupposes an understanding of the basic quantitative reasoning skills required to solve chemistry problems and focus their limited lecture time instead on the teaching of chemistry knowledge.  This course compensates for the fast pace of CHEM 2080.
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CHEM 1350 : Modeling and Simulation of Real-World Scientific Problems
Crosslisted as: CHEME 1510, ENGRI 1510, MAE 1510 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nandini Ananth
Perrine Pepiot
Hands-on introduction to scientific modeling and numerical simulations relevant to computational science and engineering. Students will learn how real-world problems can be solved using models, algorithms, and statistical tools. The course is organized around a set of team-based scientific computing projects drawn from various engineering and life science fields, using actual research and/or industrial computational codes. Leveraging simplified and user-friendly software interfaces and tutorials, the course focuses on the inductive learning of key concepts and topics such as physical and computational model formulation, verification and validation, uncertainty analysis, post-processing and data mining, and a high-level introduction to high performance computing. The course culminates with a community-engaged project, in which students are introduced to the basics of engineering design and team management to develop and animate a scientific computing activity in collaboration with, and tailored for, the Sciencenter.  Future Science Leaders program for middle- and high-schoolers. No prior programming experience is necessary, and a high-school math level is assumed. Enthusiasm for computer-based activities and interest in community outreach is strongly recommended.
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CHEM 1570 : Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Cynthia Kinsland
Introduction to organic chemistry with emphasis on structure, reactivity, and mechanisms of carbon compounds relevant to the life sciences.
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CHEM 2080 : General Chemistry II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Melissa Hines
Covers fundamental chemical principles, with considerable attention given to the quantitative aspects and techniques important for further work in chemistry.
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CHEM 2090 : Engineering General Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Marohn
Covers basic chemical concepts, such as reactivity and bonding of molecules, introductory quantum mechanics, and intermolecular forces in liquids and solids and gases. Attention will be focused on aspects and applications of chemistry most pertinent to engineering.
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CHEM 2510 : Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tom Ruttledge
Introduction to the synthesis, separation, characterization, and handling of materials, including the applications of different types of chromatography, extraction, crystallization, infrared spectroscopy, polarimetry, and others. An experiment is performed the first week of lab and to prepare for this lab students need to enroll in the course Blackboard site and complete the appropriate pre-lab assignments outlined on that site before coming to the first lab.
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CHEM 2780 : Methods in Chemical Education II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Lee
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CHEM 2880 : Introductory Physical Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Barbara Baird
This course covers the application of physical chemistry to biological systems, including spectroscopy, photochemistry, statistical mechanics, phenomena in condensed phases, electron transfer, and transport.
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CHEM 2900 : Introductory Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dan Lorey
Survey of the methods basic to the experimental study of physical chemistry, with a focus on the areas of kinetics, equilibrium, calorimetry, and molecular spectroscopy.
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CHEM 3010 : Honors Experimental Chemistry I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tom Ruttledge
Introduction to the techniques of synthetic organic chemistry. A representative selection of the most important classes of organic reactions is explored in the first half of the semester, augmented by lectures on the reaction chemistry and the theory of separation and characterization techniques.
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CHEM 3030 : Honors Experimental Chemistry III
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
David Zax
Introduction to experimental physical chemistry, including topics in spectroscopy and kinetics. The analysis and numerical simulation of experimental data is stressed.
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CHEM 3580 : Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tom Ruttledge
Study of the important classes of carbon compounds-including those encountered in the biological sciences. The course emphasizes their three-dimensional structures, mechanisms of their characteristic reactions, their synthesis, methods of identifying them, and their role in modern science and technology.
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CHEM 3590 : Honors Organic Chemistry I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Song Lin
The course provides an intensive introduction to organic chemistry as a solid foundation for subsequent study in the fields of chemical, biological, materials and physical sciences. Students will learn a set of important tools and concepts that will enable appreciation and powerful application of modern organic chemistry.
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CHEM 3900 : Honors Physical Chemistry II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Robert DiStasio
CHEM 3900 is a continuation of CHEM 3890 and discusses the thermodynamic behavior of macroscopic systems in the context of quantum and statistical mechanics. After an introduction to the behavior of ensembles of quantum mechanical particles (statistical mechanics), kinetic theory, the laws of thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics are covered in detail.
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CHEM 4100 : Inorganic Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Justin Wilson
Discussion of chemical bonding and reactivity with an emphasis on the transition metals. A "ground up" approach will be taken, building bonding models from atomic electronic structure to molecular orbital theory. Course will also introduce concepts germane to solid state chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and organometallic catalysis.
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CHEM 4210 : Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Francis DiSalvo
Kyle Lancaster
Stephen Lee
Peter Wolczanski
Justin Wilson
Research in inorganic chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
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CHEM 4300 : Chemical Structure and Bonding
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Lee
A unified account of the chemical bond spanning quantum theory, organic and inorganic chemistry will be given. The covalent bond will be explained in terms of molecular orbitals, the ionic bond will be based on electrostatics. Topics covered can include group theory, additions reactions, Lewis acids and bases, probability amplitude in quantum theory, the Woodward-Hoffman rules, transition metal complexes, electron deficient clusters and metal structure.
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CHEM 4330 : Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Brian Crane
Frank Schroeder
Research in analytical chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
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CHEM 4610 : Introduction to Organic Chemistry Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dave Collum
Phillip Milner
Geoffrey Coates
Tristan Lambert
Hening Lin
Frank Schroeder
Christopher Ober
Brett Fors
Jeremy Baskin
Song Lin
Uli Wiesner
Research in organic chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
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CHEM 4770 : Introduction to Physical Chemistry Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Barbara Baird
Hector Abruna
H. Davis
Melissa Hines
John Marohn
Nozomi Ando
Brian Crane
Nandini Ananth
Peng CHEN, Prof.
Richard Cerione
Roger Loring
Jack Freed
Harold Scheraga
Robert DiStasio
Research in physical chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
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CHEM 4810 : Computational Methods in Chemistry
Crosslisted as: CHEM 5810, CHEME 7740 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Fernando Escobedo
This course provides a broad overview of modern computational methods in Chemistry. Topics covered will include investigating the statistical mechanics of condensed phase chemical systems using Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics, quantum mechanical characterization of molecular energetics and structure using Electronic Structure Theory (Hartree Fock, Perturbation Theory, and Density Functional Theory), and time-dependent approaches to investigate chemical reaction dynamics and kinetics.
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CHEM 4980 : Honors Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Geoffrey Coates
In the Chemistry Honors Seminar students will present their research in written and oral form. The Seminar will also include a broader discussion of professional issues and life skills in the world of chemistry.
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CHEM 5120 : Capstone Research Project
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
David Zax
Supervision of Capstone Research Project.
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CHEM 5810 : Computational Methods in Chemistry
Crosslisted as: CHEM 4810, CHEME 7740 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Fernando Escobedo
This course provides a broad overview of modern computational methods in Chemistry. Topics covered will include investigating the statistical mechanics of condensed phase chemical systems using Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics, quantum mechanical characterization of molecular energetics and structure using Electronic Structure Theory (Hartree Fock, Perturbation Theory, and Density Functional Theory), and time-dependent approaches to investigate chemical reaction dynamics and kinetics. 
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CHEM 6080 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: Organometallic Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Peter Wolczanski
Synthesis, structure and reactivity of coordination and organometallic compounds including applications in catalysis.
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CHEM 6250 : Advanced Analytical Chemistry I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Frank Schroeder
Application of high-resolution NMR spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy in metabolomics, chemical biology, synthetic organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and polymer chemistry problems. Some practical experience in NMR and MS is offered.
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CHEM 6290 : Electrochemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hector Abruna
Fundamentals and applications of electrochemistry. Topics include the fundamentals of electrode kinetics, electron transfer theory, the electrical double layer, diffusion, and other modes of transport. A broad range of electrochemical methods, techniques and instrumentation will also be covered.
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CHEM 6660 : Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dave Collum
Modern techniques of organic synthesis; applications of organic reaction mechanisms and retrosynthetic analysis to the problems encountered in rational multistep synthesis, with particular emphasis on modern developments in synthesis design.
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CHEM 6860 : Physical Chemistry of Proteins
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Peng CHEN, Prof.
Physical studies of proteins, with emphasis on using single molecule methodologies and on studies of metalloproteins. Topics include: Physical/chemical concepts that include chemical structure and conformation of proteins, protein folding energy landscape, electron transfer theory, enzyme catalysis, chemical kinetics, and single-molecule kinetics. Experimental methodologies that include absorption and emission spectroscopy, fluorescence energy resonance transfer, confocal microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence, single molecule spectroscopy, time correlated single photon counting, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical tweezers, magnetic tweezers, super-resolution imaging with optical microscopy. Protein structure and function that includes metalloprotein structure/function (bioinorganic chemistry), GFP and variants, protein labeling, motor proteins, protein-protein interactions, protein-DNA interactions, and live-cell imaging.
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CHEM 7880 : Structural Methods in Biochemistry
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nozomi Ando
Lectures cover the fundamentals of X-ray crystallography, X-ray scattering, and electron microscopy with a practical emphasis on methods for investigating the three-dimensional structures of macromolecules. Topics include the physics of scattering and imaging; sample preparation; data collection and processing; and structure determination, refinement, validation, and interpretation.
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CHEM 7940 : Quantum Mechanics II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Gregory Ezra
Topics include density matrix; evolution operator; path integral formulation of quantum mechanics; time-dependent phenomena; two-level system; time-dependent perturbation theory; Fermi's Golden rule; interaction of radiation with matter; second quantization, stimulated and spontaneous emission; correlation functions and response theory; electric and magnetic properties of molecules; scattering theory; molecular spectroscopy.
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CHEM 7960 : Statistical Mechanics
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Roger Loring
Introduces the fundamentals of statistical mechanics: ensembles, distributions, averages, and fluctuations, building to the treatment of systems of interacting molecules. Topics from equilibrium statistical mechanics include structure and thermodynamics of molecular liquids, critical phenomena, and computational statistical mechanics. Topics from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics include spectroscopy, chemical kinetics, transport, and the microscopic origins of irreversibility.
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