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CHEM 256
Advanced Chemical Concepts Spring 2021
Division III

Class Details

This course treats an array of topics in modern chemistry, emphasizing broad concepts that connect and weave through the various subdisciplines of the field–biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. It provides the necessary background in chemical science for students who are planning advanced study or a career in chemistry, biological science, geoscience, environmental science, or a health profession. Topics include coordination complexes, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics. This course includes a laboratory component. Student must enroll in either a standard 2-hour lab section (sections 3-9 and R10) or a more advanced 4-hour intensive lab section (sections 11 and 12: these will be scheduled with a 30 minute break in order to meet COVID guidelines). The aim of the standard lab program (lab sections 3-9 and R10) is to give students hands-on experience involving synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of coordination and organic complexes; spectroscopic analyses; thermodynamics; electrochemistry; and kinetics. The aim of the intensive laboratory sections (lab sections 11 and 12) is to provide a program that more closely resembles the unpredictable nature of authentic chemical research. This format will require students to think flexibly and independently, and be willing to take responsibility for determining the path of their laboratory work over the course of the semester. In any given week, students may spend both the early and later portions of the afternoon doing lab work, or may devote one half to discussion. These labs will emphasize collaborative work, experimental design, data analysis and the communication and presentation of results. Enrollment will be limited to students with a strong interest in developing their chemistry laboratory skills. Due to the nature of the course, enrollment in these sections will be limited to on-campus students. Interested students should contact the instructors to discuss likely course expectations.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture three hours per week; laboratory two hours per week for standard labs and four hours per week for intensive labs
Limit: 30/lecture
Expected: 60
Class#: 4850
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: homework assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, midterm exam, and a final exam
Prerequisites: CHEM 251/255, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, juniors, then sophomores
Unit Notes: for the BIMO concentration, CHEM 256 not required if CHEM 155 was taken
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Required Courses

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