Courses Taught

CHEM 110 (Fall 2007)

Chem 110 is the first in a two-course sequence in General Chemistry. Chemistry impacts every area in our lives: from how our bodies work, to the environment, to new materials, to how we live and work. Our goals for this course are for you to recognize that what happens at the molecular level profoundly affects our macroscopic world, and how fun chemistry is. By the end of Chem 110, you will understand conceptually (1) how atoms combine to form molecules; (2) how molecules interact and react with each; and (3) how the molecular-level structure affects the macroscopic properties. Throughout the semester, you will learn problem-solving skills by applying simple mathematical equations and through interpretation of graphs to these physical phenomena.

CHEM 111 (Fall 2007)

CHEM 111 is a one-credit introductory general chemistry laboratory. It is designed to complement the lecture course CHEM 110. The students are introduced to laboratory safety and good experimental technique, how to keep a proper laboratory notebook, interpret data, and write a formal report. The course introduces laboratory experimentation in the context of a variety of specific topics, such as reactions in solutions, spectroscopy, chemistry of natural waters, acids and bases, and the synthesis and analysis of chemical compounds. Credit for CHEM 111 requires that CHEM 106 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 110H also be completed.

CHEM 111 (Spring 2004 and Fall 2004)

CHEM 457 is a laboratory course designed to illustrate some of the principles of physical chemistry presented in CHEM 450 and 452 and to teach proper treatment and presentation of quantitative data. In this course, students will learn how to write quantitative laboratory reports complete with analysis of the uncertainties of the measurements they make. They will also learn how these uncertainties are propagated through each calculation from the initial measurements. In doing so, students should become more aware of the importance of experimental design, proper use of instrumentation, and careful data collection.