CHEM 256 Spring 2014 Foundations of Modern Chemical Science

This course treats an array of topics in modern chemistry, emphasizing broad concepts that connect and weave through the various traditional subdisciplines of the field. We begin at the microscopic level (atomic, molecular) with an introduction to coordination complexes (with applications in bioinorganic and geochemistry for instance.) From here we move on to a detailed description of structure and bonding, comparing the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate application of various bonding theories to different types of chemical complexes (small organic molecules, biomolecules, coordination complexes, and organic electronic materials for instance). We then transition to a broader, more macroscopic perspective, covering chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. In this section we emphasize how these broader views allow us to study different aspects of chemical reactivity of all types. Laboratory work includes experiments involving synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of coordination and organic complexes, spectroscopic analyses, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemical, and nuclear chemistry.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, four hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on homework assignments, laboratory work, hour tests, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: CHEM 251/255, or permission of instructor
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Department Notes: for the BIMO concentration, CHEM 256 not required if CHEM 155 was taken
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: BIMO Required Courses, ENVS Group EC-B Electives,MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 60
Class Number: 3051
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
CHEM256-01(S) LEC Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Charles M. Lovett
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Chemistry 123 3051
CHEM256-02(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Charles M. Lovett
M 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 3052
CHEM256-03(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Laura R. Strauch
T 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 3053
CHEM256-04(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Laura R. Strauch
W 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 3054
CHEM256-05(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Laura R. Strauch
R 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 3055
CHEM256-06(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics John W. Thoman
T 08:00 AM-12:00 PM 3056
CHEM256-07(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Dieter Bingemann
M 7:00 PM-11:00 PM 3057
CHEM256-08(S) LAB Fndtns Modern Chemical Science Division 3: Science and Mathematics Cancelled 3058
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