Indiana University Northwest
Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Course Descriptions

AST-A 100 : The Solar System (002640)

Celestial sphere and constellations, measurement of time, astronomical instruments, earth as a planet, moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, theories of origin of solar system. (Fall)

AST-A 105 : Stellar Astronomy (002644)

The sun as a star, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions and distributions, Milky Way system, external galaxies, expanding universe, cosmic time scale. (Spring)

AST-A 200 : Introduction to Cosmology (002651)

An introduction to the ultimate structure and evolution of the universe. Topics include history of cosmology, nature of galaxies, space-time and relativity, models of the universe, black holes, quasars, and sources of gravitational radiation. (Occasionally)

CHEM-C 100 : The World of Chemistry (008000)

Intended for nonscience majors, the chemistry of everyday life-water, air, plastics, fuels, nutrition, medicinal and agricultural products, living systems, and consumer chemistry. Lectures illustrated by visual displays, computer animation, and interviews with famous scientists and on-site demonstrations of industrial processes. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)

CHEM-C 101 : Elementary Chemistry I (008001)

Introduction to chemistry, includes chemical and gas laws, atomic and molecular structure, energy, equilibrium, kinetics, states of matter, and applications in chemical processes. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM-C 121. Lectures and discussion. The two sequences, CHEM-C 101-CHEM-C 121 and CHEM-C 102-CHEM-C 122, usually satisfy programs that require only two semesters of chemistry. Admission to advanced courses on basis of CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 102, CHEM-C 122 granted only in exceptional cases. May be taken without credit in preparation for CHEM-C 105. Credit given for only CHEM-C 101 or CHEM-C 105. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)

CHEM-C 102 : Elementary Chemistry II (008002)

Continuation of CHEM-C 101. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM-C 122. The chemistry of organic compounds and their reactions, followed by an extensive introduction to biochemistry. Lectures and discussion. (Spring, occasionally in Summer I or Summer II)

CHEM-C 105 : Principles of Chemistry I (008005)

Basic principles, including stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, gases, and solutions. Lectures and discussion. Credit given for only CHEM-C 101 or CHEM-C 105. (Fall, Spring)

CHEM-C 106 : Principles of Chemistry II (008006)

CHEM-C 126 recommended concurrently. Chemical equilibria with emphasis on acids, bases, solubility, and electrochemistry; elementary thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; descriptive chemistry; and coordination compounds. Lectures and discussion. (Spring, Summer II)

CHEM-C 120 : Chemistry Laboratory (008019)

Experiments illustrating chemical principles and their applications to biology, environment, and health sciences. Laboratory and laboratory lecture. (Fall, Spring)

CHEM-C 121 : Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (008020)

An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)

CHEM-C 122 : Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II (008021)

Continuation of CHEM-C 121. Emphasis on organic and biochemical experimental techniques. (Spring)

CHEM-C 209 : Special Problems (008029)

Preparation of special reports on topic(s) designated by chemistry faculty from the results of the proficiency examination. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

CHEM-C 301 : Chemistry Seminar (008044)

Independent study and reading with emphasis on basic chemistry and interdisciplinary applications. Research reports and discussions by students and faculty. (Spring)

CHEM-C 303 : Environmental Chemistry Lecture (008046)

Investigation of the chemistry of water and air pollution; analytical procedures and techniques as applied to pollution problems, effects, and controls. This course will be offered as part of a postbaccalaureate environmental sciences certificate. (Fall-alternate year)

CHEM-C 310 : Analytical Chemistry (008051)

Fundamental analytical processes, including solution equilibria, electrochemical theory and applications, and selected instrumental methods. (Fall, Spring-twice every three years)

CHEM-C 335 : Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (008066)

Preparation of inorganic and organometallic compounds illustrating special and advanced techniques, including characterization by modern physical methods. (Spring-alternate year)

CHEM-C 341 : Organic Chemistry Lecture I (008067)

Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature; qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds. (Fall)

CHEM-C 342 : Organic Chemistry Lecture II (008068)

Syntheses and reactions of polyfunctional compounds, natural and industrial products; physical and chemical methods of identification. (Spring)

CHEM-C 343 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (008069)

Laboratory instruction in the fundamental techniques of organic chemistry and the use of general synthetic methods. (Fall)

CHEM-C 344 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (008070)

Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds; emphasis on modern research methods. (Spring)

CHEM-C 361 : Physical Chemistry I (008072)

(either MATH M216 or PHYS P202 /PHYS P222 concurrent). Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, introduction to statistical thermodynamics. (Fall)

CHEM-C 362 : Physical Chemistry II (008073)

Introduction to quantum mechanics. Structure and spectra of atoms, molecules, and solids. (Spring- alternate year)

CHEM-C 363 : Experimental Physical Chemistry (008074)

or concurrent. Experimental work to illustrate principles of physical chemistry and to introduce research techniques. (Fall)

CHEM-C 403 : History of Chemistry I (008083)

Development of significant chemical knowledge and concepts through the nineteenth century. Student report and discussion. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

CHEM-C 409 : Chemical Research (008088)

Can be elected only after consultation with research advisor and approval of chairperson. May be taken for total of 10 credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

CHEM-C 410 : Principles of Chemical Instrumentation (008089)

Theory and practice of modern analytical methods, including electro-analytical techniques, quantitative spectrophotometry, magnetic methods, extraction, and chromatography. (Spring-twice every three years)

CHEM-C 430 : Inorganic Chemistry (008092)

Structural inorganic chemistry, coordination compounds, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, inorganic synthetic methods. Special topics. (Fall)

CHEM-C 431 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (008093)

Systematic descriptive chemistry of the elements. Emphasis onperiodic properties, chemical bonding, and thermodynamic and kinetic properties. (Spring-alternate year)

CHEM-C 441 : Advanced Organic Chemistry (008099)

The structure of organic compounds, the mechanisms, and the synthetic application of organic reactions. (Spring-alternate year)

PHYS-P 101 : Physics in the Modern World I (038415)

Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period each week. Includes elements of classical physics and the ideas, language, and impact of physics today. Not open to students with credit in PHYS-P 100, PHYS-P 103, PHYS-P 151, PHYS-P 201, or PHYS-P 221. (Fall)

PHYS-P 201 : General Physics I (038438)

Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat and thermodynamics, fluids. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences. Two discussion sections, two lectures, and one two-hour laboratory period each week. Credit cannot be given for PHYS-P 201 and PHYS-P 221. (Fall)

PHYS-P 202 : General Physics II (038439)

Wave motion, electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, atomic and nuclear physics. Two discussion sections, two lectures, and one two-hour laboratory each week. Credit cannot be given for PHYS-P 202 and PHYS-P 222. (Spring)

PHYS-P 221 : Physics I (038447)

First semester of a three-semester sequence intended for chemistry, mathematics, and physics majors. Newtonian mechanics, oscillations and waves, heat and thermodynamics. Lectures, discussion section, two-hour laboratory. Credit cannot be given for PHYS-P 201 and PHYS-P 221. (Fall)

PHYS-P 222 : Physics II (038448)

Second semester of a three-semester sequence. Primarily electricity, magnetism, and geometrical and physical optics. Lectures, discussion, and two-hour laboratory. Credit cannot be given for PHYS-P 202 and PHYS-P 222. (Spring)

PHYS-P 301 : Physics III (038457)

Third semester of three-semester sequence. Students from PHYS-P 202 who have taken or are now taking MATH-M 216 are also eligible for this course. Special theory of relativity; introduction to quantum theory; atomic, nuclear, solid state, and elementary particle physics. Two lecture periods. (Spring-alternate year)

PHYS-P 320 : Introduction to Biophysics (038469)

Application of physical principles to biological systems from the molecular to the organismal level. Primarily for biology and chemistry majors. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 340 : Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (038478)

Intermediate course, covering three laws of thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and some applications. (Fall-alternate year)