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Courses - Fall 2013

1A. General Chemistry. Mr. Fiedler, Mr. Garza, Mr. Grieman, Mr. Sandusky, Mr. Taylor, 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. Info for Garza, Section 3 class

51. General Chemistry (accelerated). Mr. Arora, Mr. Garza, Mr. Johnson.  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. Info for Garza, Section 1 class

110A. Organic Chemistry with Lab. Ms. Muzikar, Mr. O'Leary, Mr. Sea, Ms. Selassie, Mr. Vasquez.  A study of organic compounds, including synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Laboratory includes both synthesis and qualitative organic analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 1A,B or 51. Info for O'Leary class

115. Biochemistry with Lab. Mr. Crane, Ms. Liu, Ms. Muzikar.  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: CHEM 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. Arora, Mr. Taylor. 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: CHEM 110A.

164. Computational Chemistry. Mr. Johnson.  Introduction to the theory and practice of computational chemistry, including numerical methods, molecular mechanics/dynamics, and electronic structure calculations. Model chemistries will be discussed and compared in lecture along with their range of applicability. Prerequisites: MATH 032PO or MATH 060PO; one year of physics. Co-requisite: CHEM 158A.

174. Bio-Organic Chemistry. Ms. Selassie.  Basis for a clearer understanding of the structures of organic compounds, the mechanisms of organic reactions and how they fuse together at the molecular and cellular level. Examples drawn from drug and pesticide design, as well as environmental toxicology. Interactive computing using specific software is an integral part of the course. Letter grade only. Half-course. Prerequisite: CHEM 110B.