Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions


Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

physical and inorganic chemistry

Prerequisites

one year of college-level general chemistry, ability to work problems in integral and differential calculus, and at least one quarter of college-level physics.

This is a year-long, upper-division science program in the field of chemistry. In previous chemistry work, you learned what the atomic orbital shapes were. In this program, you will explore how we know their shape. In previous chemistry work, you learned what a conductor was. In this program, you will examine the solid-state structural characteristics that indicate a material is a potential conductor. You will explore the "But why?" of chemistry by examining topics in thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, kinetics, advanced inorganic chemistry, and materials chemistry. Many of the topics require a strong mathematical foundation and comfort with calculus applications. Application of upper-division linear algebra and differential equations will be taught in conjunction with the chemistry content of this program.

Lectures, workshops, labs, group projects, seminars, homework, essays, field trips, and community interaction events will all be utilized to study the laws of thermodynamics, enthalpy, entropy, chemical potential, phase diagrams, Gibbs free energy, reaction spontaneity, solid-state structure, bonding theories, point group symmetry, applications of symmetry, transition metal complexes, materials synthesis, electronic and magnetic properties of materials, Maxwell relations, the Schrodinger equation, atomic and molecular energy levels, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, spectroscopy, unimolecular kinetics, biomolecular kinetics, and current kinetic theories. Advanced laboratory work will take place each quarter and includes three main focuses: instrumentation, experimental design and research, and structured experimentation work. Additional focus on scientific writing, scientific ethics, and societal issues connected to science will be incorporated throughout the year.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering, chemical physics, physics, medicine, biochemistry, and teaching.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

Books

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Online Learning

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Required Fees

$50 in fall, $40 in winter, and $30 in spring for symposium registration and entrance fees.

Upper Division Science Credit

All 16 credits each quarter represent upper division science credits.

May be offered again in

2017-2018

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25

Fall

Course Reference Number not yet available.

Winter

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

In addition to meeting the prerequisites for the general AMR program, students joining in the winter must meet with Rebecca Sunderman to determine if they are prepared to join a continuing program as content from fall will continue to be utilized.

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Spring

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

In addition to meeting the prerequisites for the general AMR program, students joining in the spring must meet with Rebecca Sunderman to determine if they are prepared to join a continuing program as content from fall and winter will continue to be utilized.

Course Reference Number not yet available.

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