Courses I Teach

CHM-101. Introductory Chemistry I  Chemistry 101 is an intr oductory course that focuses on atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, the nature of chemical reactions, and the properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. The goal of the course is to integrate these topics in chemistry with their applications to the environment, materials, and medicine.

CHM-102. Introductory Chemistry II  A continuation of CHM-101, focusing on thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. As in Chemistry 101, the chemistry concepts are set within the context of relevant applications, including polymers and biomolecules, fuels, and alternative energy.

CHM-240. Analytical Chemistry  Introduction to chemical equilibrium, classical and instrumental methods of chemical analysis, including separations, and statistical treatment of data. Laboratory emphasis is on quantitation of analytes in sample mixtures.

CHM-245. Environmental Chemistry A course focused on the role of chemical principles such as chemical equilibrium, kinetics and chemical structure in understanding natural environmental cycles and the impacts of human activity on those cycles. Topics covered include: aquatic chemistry and water pollution, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, energy and climate change, and toxic organic chemicals in the environment.

CHM-340. Chemical Instrumentation  Theory and practice of modern methods of analysis with emphasis on spectroscopic, chromatographic, electrochemical, and surface science techniques, as well as electronic measurements.