Atoms, Molecules and Reactions

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 20
4 6 8 10 12 16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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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 and solid state chemistry. Many of the topics require a strong mathematical foundation and comfort with calculus applications.

In the lecture component, faculty will present the laws of thermodynamics, enthalpy, entropy, chemical potential, phase diagrams, Gibbs free energy, reaction spontaneity, solid-state structure, solid-state bonding theories, point group symmetry, applications of symmetry, transition metal complexes, materials synthesis, Maxwell relations, the Schrodinger equation, atomic and molecular energy levels, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, unimolecular kinetics, biomolecular kinetics and current kinetic theories.

In the fall students will begin the research process of designing an experiment extracted from the literature. In the spring students will have the opportunity to bring that fall quarter experiment into the lab space. During spring quarter students will also participate in advanced laboratory experiments designed to bolster your laboratory skills, techniques, and expertise.

This program can be taken as the entire 16 credit bundle, or as individual components. There are different prerequisites for different components. The student is responsible for meeting the prerequisites for the portions of the program you are taking before the quarter begins.

Quarter by quarter coverage and anticipated credit equivalencies:

     Fall Quarter: 6 credits in Thermodynamics, 6 credits in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 4 credits in Experimental Design

     Winter Quarter: 8 credits in Quantum Mechanics, 4 credits in Chemical Kinetics, 4 credits in Scientific Ethics

     Spring Quarter: 10 credits in Advanced Chemistry Lab, 6 credits in Solid State Chemistry

 

Registration

Prerequisites

Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Kinetics: One year of college level General Chemistry and the ability to do integral and differential calculus. At least one quarter of college level physics is recommended.

Experimental Design, Scientific Ethics: One year of college level General Chemistry. Students wanting to take only Experimental Design in fall or only Scientific Ethics in winter must also have at least one quarter of some kind of upper-division science.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry Lab, Solid State Chemistry: One year of college level General Chemistry.

Fall 2021 Registration

Students should be certain that they meet the prerequisites before registering for any portion of this program.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10159
So - Sr (10): 10162
So - Sr (6): 10165
So - Sr (4): 10168
Winter 2022 Registration

Students should be certain that they meet the prerequisites before registering for any portion of this program.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20144
So - Sr (12): 20145
So - Sr (8): 20146
So - Sr (4): 20147
Spring 2022 Registration

Students should be certain that they meet the prerequisites before registering for any portion of this program.

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

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

Credits
4
6
8
10
12
16
Variable Credit Options

Variable credit options are available in all three quarters. In fall quarter you can take all 16 credits, or any combination of 6 credits in Thermodynamics, 6 credits in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, or 4 credits in Experimental Design. In winter quarter you can take all 16 credits, or any combination of 8 credits of Quantum Mechanics, 4 credits of Chemical Kinetics, or 4 credits in Scientific Ethics. In spring quarter you can take 16 credits, or either 6 credits in Solid State Chemistry or 10 credits of Advanced Chemistry Laboratory.

Maximum Enrollment
20
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$50 in spring for a lab fee, plus $25 in spring for all students registered for the 16 credit or 10 credit option, to attend a regional conference

Upper Division Science Credit

All credits are potentially upper division in chemistry, experimental design, chemistry laboratory, or scientific ethics -- if work is completed and topic comprehension is demonstrated.

Research Opportunities

Students in the Experimental Design and Advanced Laboratory components of the program will be developing research skills and may have the opportunity to complete projects.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia
May be offered again in
<p>2023-2024</p>