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410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5R)

411/511, 412/512, 413/513 Physical Chemistry (4,4,4) Methods of physics applied to chemical problems in chemistry, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics, rate processes, and quantum chemistry. Prereq: two years of college chemistry (except for physics majors), PHYS 211, 212, 213 or PHYS 201, 202, 203; MATH 253; MATH 256, 281, 282 strongly recommended.

417/517, 418/518, 419/519 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (4,4,4) Experiments in thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and molecular spectroscopy to illustrate theoretical principles. Prereq: PHYS 204, 205, 206; pre- or coreq: CH 411/511, 412/512, 413/513.

429 Instrumental Analysis (5) Use of instrumental methods for quantitative determinations of unknown chemical samples. Prereq: CH 417 or instructor’s consent.

431/531, 432/532, 433/533 Inorganic Chemistry (4,4,4) 431/531: introduction to chemical bonding and group theory for molecular symmetry. Multielectron approximations, valence bond and molecular orbital theories, and crystal field theory of transition metal compounds. 432/532, 433/533: syntheses, structures, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of coordination complexes, solid state materials, and bioinorganic molecules. Prereq: CH 413/513; concurrent CH 441/541 recommended.

438/538 Advanced Organic-Inorganic Synthesis (5) Methods of organic and inorganic synthetic chemistry and solid state chemistry from the perspective of Nobel Prize-winning research. Prereq: CH 336, 339. Not offered 2002-3.

441/541 Quantum Chemistry (4) The principles of time-independent quantum mechanics and their application to model atomic and molecular systems. Prereq: CH 413/513 or equivalent.

442/542, 443/543 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy (4,4)442/542: molecular structure theory, perturbation theory, time-dependent quantum mechanics, theory of spectra, selection rules. 443/543: experimental spectra of atomic and molecular systems and surfaces. Prereq: CH 441/541 or equivalent.

444/544 Chemical Thermodynamics (4) The laws of thermodynamics and their applications, including those to nonideal chemical systems. Prereq: CH 413/513 or equivalent.

445/545 Statistical Mechanics (4) Molecular basis of thermodynamics. Applications to the calculations of theproperties of noninteracting and weakly interacting systems. Prereq: CH 413/513 or equivalent.

446/546 Chemical Kinetics: [Topic] (4R) Description and interpretation of the time evolution of chemical systems. Prereq: CH 413/513 or equivalent.

CH 447/547 Computational Chemistry (4) Credits Introduction to modern computational methods used to understand the properties of molecules. Prereq: CH 411, 412; or PHYS 353.

451/551, 452/552, 453/553 Advanced Organic-Inorganic Chemistry (4,4,4) 451/551: principles of organic-inorganic reaction dynamics; kinetics and mechanisms, linear free-energy relationships, isotope effects, substitution reactions, dynamic behavior of reactive intermediates, electron transfer chemistry. 452/552: principles and applications of stereochemistry with examples from organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry; stereochemical applications of computer graphics and computational chemistry; asymmetric synthesis and catalysis. 453/553: strategies and tactics for the synthesis of complex organic molecules. Sequence.

461/561 Biochemistry (4) Structure and function of macromolecules. Prereq: CH 336 or CH 332 and BI 263. Prior exposure to calculus and physical chemistry recommended.

462/562 Biochemistry (4) Metabolism and metabolic control processes. Energy and sensory transduction mechanisms. Prereq: CH 461/561 or CH 332 and BI 263 or instructor’s consent.

463/563 Biochemistry (4) Mechanisms and regulation of nucleic acid and protein biosynthesis. Other current topics in biochemical genetics. Prereq: CH 462/562 or CH 332 and BI 263 or instructor’s consent.

467/567 Biochemistry Laboratory (4) Methods of modern molecular biology and protein purification. Prereq: instructor’s consent.

470/570 Research Instruments: [Topic] (1-3R) Advanced experimental and theoretical concepts and the operation of instrumentation used in chemical research. Topics include Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance (FT-NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), electron pair magnetic resonance (EPR), and computers. Prereq: instructor’s consent.

503 Thesis (1-16R)

601 Research: [Topic] (1-16R)

602 Supervised College Teaching (1-5R)

603 Dissertation (1-16R)

605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-16R)

606 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-16R)

607 Seminar: [Topic] (1-5R) Seminars offered in biochemistry, chemical physics, materials science, molecular biology, neuroscience, organic-inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

608 Workshop: [Topic] (1-16R)

609 Terminal Project (1-16R)

610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5R)

613 Organic-Inorganic Chemistry: [Topic] (1-4R) Topics include catalysis, surface chemistry, organometallic chemistry, free radical chemistry, natural products, alkaloid chemistry, materials science, photochemistry, bioinorganic-organic chemistry, synthetic methods, electrochemistry. R when topic changes.

614 Physical Chemistry: [Topic] (1-4R) Topics include group theory, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, electronic spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, theory of polymers and complex fluids, kinetics of complex systems, solution thermodynamics. R when topic changes.

616 Biochemistry: [Topic] (1-4R) Topics include enzyme mechanisms, stability and conformation of macromolecules, nucleic acids and nucleic acid protein complexes, conformational analysis of macromolecules, protein and nucleic acid biosynthesis. R when topic changes.

623 Organic-Inorganic Chemistry Journal Club: [Topic] (1R) Preparation and delivery of colloquium-style lectures in organic-inorganic chemistry based on papers from the literature. R for maximum of 12 credits.

624 Physical Chemistry Journal Club: [Topic] (1R) Preparation and delivery of colloquium-style lectures in physical chemistry based on papers from the literature. R for maximum of 12 credits.

634 Physical Methods of NMR Spectroscopy (4) Principles of pulsed Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance, Bloch equations, density matrix formalism, spin relaxation, one- and multidimensional methods, data analysis, and analysis of both small and macromolecules.

635 Physical Methods of Spectroscopy (4) Theory and practice of infrared spectroscopy, electron absorptionspectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy, magnetism, and mass spectroscopy with applications to organic, organometallic, inorganic, and solid state chemistry. Not offered 2002-3.

662, 663 Advanced Biochemistry (4,4) Detailed consideration of enzyme mechanisms, macromolecular structure, protein-nucleic acid interactions, and selected aspects of biological synthesis.

664 Physical Biochemistry (4) The physical chemical properties of biological macromolecules. Topics include the forces and interactions to establish and maintain macromolecular conformations and the physical bases of the spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, and rapid reaction techniques used to investigate these conformations. Prereq: calculus and a knowledge of the elements of thermodynamics.

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