Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions
Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters
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
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day