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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Course Descriptions

AST-A 100 : The Solar System

3 credits
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

3 credits
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

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - A college-level introductory course in astronomy, chemistry, or physics

CHEM-C 100 : The World of Chemistry

3 credits
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

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - MATH-M 007 or equivalent

CHEM-C 102 : Elementary Chemistry II

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 101

CHEM-C 105 : Principles of Chemistry I

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - two years of high school algebra or MATH-M 014, one year of high school chemistry; CHEM-C 125 recommended concurrently

CHEM-C 106 : Principles of Chemistry II

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 105

CHEM-C 110 : The Chemistry of Life

3 credits
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

2 credits
Experiments illustrating chemical principles and their applications to biology, environment, and health sciences.  Laboratory and laboratory lecture. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - or C: CHEM-C 100, laboratory component of CHEM-C 100.

CHEM-C 121 : Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I

2 credits
An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 101

CHEM-C 122 : Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II

2 credits
Continuation of CHEM-C 121. Emphasis on organic and biochemical experimental techniques. (Spring)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 102

CHEM-C 125 : Experimental Chemistry I

2 credits
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)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 105

CHEM-C 126 : Experimental Chemistry II

2 credits
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)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 106

CHEM-C 209 : Special Problems

1 - 2 credits
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

1 credit
Independent study and reading with emphasis on basic chemistry and interdisciplinary applications. Research reports and discussions by students and faculty. (Spring)
Prerequisite - 18 credit hours of chemistry with a grade point average of at least 2.5

CHEM-C 303 : Environmental Chemistry Lecture

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 126, and CHEM-C 341

CHEM-C 310 : Analytical Chemistry

3 - 5 credits
Fundamental analytical processes, including solution equilibria, electrochemical theory and applications, and selected instrumental methods. (Fall, Spring—twice every three years)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 341 or CHEM-C 342 and MATH-M 215, CHEM-C 361 for majors

CHEM-C 335 : Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

1 - 3 credits
Preparation of inorganic and organometallic compounds illustrating special and advanced techniques, including characterization by modern physical methods. (Spring—alternate year)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 430

CHEM-C 341 : Organic Chemistry Lecture I

3 credits
Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature; qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds. (Fall)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 126

CHEM-C 342 : Organic Chemistry Lecture II

3 credits
Syntheses and reactions of polyfunctional compounds, natural and industrial products; physical and chemical methods of identification. (Spring)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 343

CHEM-C 343 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

2 credits
Laboratory instruction in the fundamental techniques of organic chemistry and the use of general synthetic methods. (Fall)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 341

CHEM-C 344 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

2 credits
Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds; emphasis on modern research methods. (Spring)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 343, CHEM-C 342

CHEM-C 361 : Physical Chemistry I

3 credits
(either MATH M216 or PHYS P202 /PHYS P222 concurrent). Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, introduction to statistical thermodynamics. (Fall)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 106; MATH-M 216; PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222

CHEM-C 362 : Physical Chemistry II

3 credits
Introduction to quantum mechanics. Structure and spectra of atoms, molecules, and solids. (Spring— alternate year)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 361

CHEM-C 363 : Experimental Physical Chemistry

2 - 4 credits
or concurrent. Experimental work to illustrate principles of physical chemistry and to introduce research techniques. (Fall)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 361

CHEM-C 403 : History of Chemistry I

1 credit
Development of significant chemical knowledge and concepts through the nineteenth century. Student report and discussion. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
Prerequisite - senior standing, consent of instructor

CHEM-C 409 : Chemical Research

1 - 5 credits
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)
Prerequisite - senior standing (open also to Honors juniors), grade point average of at least 2.8 in all chemistry courses

CHEM-C 410 : Principles of Chemical Instrumentation

4 credits
Theory and practice of modern analytical methods, including electro-analytical techniques, quantitative spectrophotometry, magnetic methods, extraction, and chromatography. (Spring—twice every three years)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 310 or consent of instructor

CHEM-C 430 : Inorganic Chemistry

3 credits
Structural inorganic chemistry, coordination compounds, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, inorganic synthetic methods. Special topics. (Fall)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 361 or consent of instructor

CHEM-C 431 : Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3 credits
Systematic descriptive chemistry of the elements. Emphasis onperiodic properties, chemical bonding, and thermodynamic and kinetic properties. (Spring—alternate year)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 430

CHEM-C 441 : Advanced Organic Chemistry

3 credits
The structure of organic compounds, the mechanisms, and the synthetic application of organic reactions. (Spring—alternate year)
Prerequisite - CHEM-C 342

CHEM-C 483 : Biological Chemistry

3 credits
Introduction to structure, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological substances. (Spring— alternate year)
Prerequisite - 13 credit hours of chemistry, including CHEM-C 341

PHYS-P 101 : Physics in the Modern World I

4 credits
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

3 credits
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

5 credits
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)
Prerequisite - MATH-M 125, MATH-M 126 or equivalent.

PHYS-P 202 : General Physics II

5 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 201.

PHYS-P 221 : Physics I

5 credits
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)
Prerequisite - MATH-M 216 or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 222 : Physics II

5 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 221.

PHYS-P 301 : Physics III

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 222.

PHYS-P 303 : Digital Electronics

1 - 3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 282 or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 309 : Intermediate Physics Laboratory

2 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222, MATH-M 216 or equivalent.

PHYS-P 310 : Environmental Physics

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 201 or PHYS-P 221; MATH-M 215; or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 320 : Introduction to Biophysics

3 credits
Application of physical principles to biological systems from the molecular to the organismal level. Primarily for biology and chemistry majors. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222; MATH-M 119 or equivalent; CHEM-C 106; one biology course; or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 331 : Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - MATH-M 311 or MATH-M 313, PHYS-P 202 and PHYS-P 222 or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 332 : Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II

3 credits
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)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 331 or consent of instructor.

PHYS-P 340 : Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3 credits
Intermediate course, covering three laws of thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and some applications. (occasionally)
Prerequisite - PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222.