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Courses - Spring 2010

1B. General Chemistry. Mr. Garza-López, Mr. Grieman, Mr. Lopez, 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.

106.  Environmental Chemistry.  Mr. Oxtoby, Mr. Taylor.  An examination of environmental systems such as the atmosphere and the oceans from a molecular perspective. The course will critically examine chemical sources of environmental pollution and the means for remediation of these problems. Prerequisites: 1A,B or 51.

110B. 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.

158B. Physical Chemistry.  Mr. Johal.  Study of chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, molecular spectroscopy and molecular modeling. Prerequisites: 1A,B or 51; PHYS 51A,B; MATH 31.

162. Advanced Physical Chemistry with Laboratory.  Mr. Arora, Mr. Garza-López, Mr. Johal.  Advanced physical chemistry topics chosen from the areas of statistical thermodynamics, group theory, chemical kinetics, molecular modeling and solid state chemistry.  Laboratory emphasis on modern instrumental methods, including molecular spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, chemical kinetics and gas-phase adsorption.  Prerequisite: 158A.

172. NMR Spectroscopy.  Mr. O'Leary.  Examines fundamental concepts in nuclear magnetic resonance with a focus on spectroscopic techniques used for organic structure elucidation and conformational analysis.  Hands-on experience with data collection and analysis,  Prerequisite: 110A.    Half-course.

180. Advanced Biochemistry.  Mr. Sazinsky.  An examination of biochemical catalysis with an emphasis on enzyme mechanisms and techniques used in the elucidation. Current primary literature is studied to gain an understanding of what is known, and perhaps more importantly, not known, about catalysis in chemistry and enzymology.  Prerequisite: 115.

185. Soft Nanomaterials.  Mr. Johal.  This course is concerned with the self-assembly of functional materials at the nano-scale.  The first half of the course covers the fundamentals of surface chemistry, monolayer formation and the chemistry of colloidal systems; the second half highlights nano-fabrication methods used to assemble complex nanomaterials for applications in biophotonics, chemical sensing, optics and electronics.  Prerequisites: 110A,B; MATH 31; PHYS 51A,B.  Half-course.