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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Course Descriptions

AST-A 100 : The Solar System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 110 : The Chemistry of Life

Intended for nonscience majors, the qualitative survey of chemistry with applications to biology and health.  Emphasis is placed on foundation chemistry and the chemistry of biomolecules and their interactions. 

CHEM-C 120 : Chemistry Laboratory

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

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

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

CHEM-C 125 : Experimental Chemistry I

An introduction to laboratory experi­mentation with emphasis on the collection and use of experimental data, some properties of solutions, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, and synthesis. (Fall, Spring)

CHEM-C 126 : Experimental Chemistry II

or concurrent, CHEM-C 125. A continuation of CHEM-C 125 with emphasis on equilibria, qualitative analysis, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction (including electrochemistry), chemical kinetics, and spectrometry. (Spring, Summer II)

CHEM-C 209 : Special Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHEM-C 343 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

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

CHEM-C 344 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

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

CHEM-C 361 : Physical Chemistry I

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

CHEM-C 362 : Physical Chemistry II

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

CHEM-C 363 : Experimental Physical Chemistry

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

CHEM-C 403 : History of Chemistry I

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

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

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

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

CHEM-C 431 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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

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

CHEM-C 483 : Biological Chemistry

Introduction to structure, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological substances. (Spring— alternate year)

PHYS-P 101 : Physics in the Modern World I

Three lectures and one 1 1/2-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/Spring (occasionally))

PHYS-P 120 : Energy and Technology

Intended for students majoring in the social sciences and the School of Business and Economics. Provides physical basis for understanding interactions of technology and society, thereby promoting rational decision making in problems such as energy use, automation, and the directions of technological change. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 201 : General Physics I

Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat and thermodynamics, fluids. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences. One discussion section, 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

Wave motion, electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, atomic and nuclear physics. One discussion section, 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

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

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

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 303 : Digital Electronics

A laboratory course dealing with digital devices, decoders, multiplexers, light-emitting displays, flip-flops, multivibrators, memories, registers, microcomputer construction, and programming. Three hours of laboratory work per week for each credit hour. Course may be retaken up to a total of 3 credit hours. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 309 : Intermediate Physics Laboratory

Fundamental experiments in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics. Emphasis is placed upon developing basic laboratory skills and data analysis techniques, including computer reduction and analysis of the data. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 310 : Environmental Physics

For biological and physical science majors. Study of relationship of physics to current environmental problems. Energy production, comparison of sources and by-products, nature of possible solutions to problems of noise, particulate matter in atmosphere. Credit will not be given for both PHYS-P 310 and PHYS-E 350 or for PHYS-P 310 and PHYS-E 300. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 320 : Introduction to Biophysics

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

PHYS-P 331 : Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I

Electrostatic fields and differential operators, Laplace and Poisson equations, dielectric materials, steady currents, power and energy, induction, magnetic fields, scalar and vector potentials, Maxwell's equations. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 332 : Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II

Magnetic materials, wave equations and radiation, energy transfer and conversion, Poynting vector and momentum, retarded potentials, dipole radiation, transmission lines and wave guides, relativity. (Occasionally)

PHYS-P 340 : Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Intermediate course, covering three laws of thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and some applications. (occasionally)