Courses - Fall 2009
1A. General Chemistry. Mr. Garza-López, Mr. Grieman, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Moersch, Ms. Yu. An introduction to basic thermodynamic, kinetic, and structural principles; ionic equilibria; and the physical and chemical properties of the more common chemical elements and their compounds. Laboratory work is coordinated with the lecture and emphasizes quantitative analytical and instrumental techniques and molecular modeling. Interactive computing is an integral part of the second semester. High school chemistry recommended.
51. General Chemistry (accelerated). Mr. Arora, Mr. Johal. An accelerated introductory course for well-prepared students. Ionic equilibrium, atomic structure, molecular bonding and structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. Laboratory work emphasizes quantitative analytical and instrumental techniques. Interactive computing is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: two or more years of high school chemistry and a passing score on a placement examination.
110A. Organic Chemistry with Lab. Mr. Arora, Ms. Nevarez, Mr. O'Leary, Mr. Vasquez. A study of organic compounds, including synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Laboratory includes both synthesis and qualitative organic analysis. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1A,B or 51.
115. Biochemistry with Lab. Mr. Crane, Mr. Lopez, Ms. Negritto, Mr. Sazinsky. Biological molecules considered in terms of their structure and roles in the dynamic processes by which energy and information are received, interconverted, and transmitted in order to maintain life. Laboratory emphasizes techniques, and instrumentation used to study the nature of biochemical molecules and processes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 110A,B.
158A. Physical Chemistry. Mr. Grieman. Quantum mechanics with applications to chemical bonding and molecular spectroscopy, introduction to statistical mechanics and kinetic gas theory. Prerequisites: 1A,B or 51; PHYS 51A,B; MATH 32 or 107.
161. Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory. Mr. Taylor, Ms. Yu. Study of modern instrumental methods of analysis with emphasis on spectroscopic, separation and electro-analytical methods. Laboratory experience includes work with many of these modern instrumental methods and an examination of the analysis of variance. Prerequisite: 110A.
175. Introduction of Medicinal Chemistry with Computational Lab. Ms. Selassie. An interdisciplinary course provides a basic understanding of the key underlying mechanistic principles of drug interactions at the molecular and cellular level. Topics include physico-chemical principles of drug design and action, receptor effectors theories, receptor characterization, DNA interactions, drug distribution and metabolism, as well as pro-drug chemistry. Prerequisite: 110A,B.