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Courses in the Chemistry Department are numbered according to the approximate class standing of the student for whom the course primarily is targeted. This numbering system began in the fall of 1999. Prior to this, courses may have different numbers (e.g. on student's transcripts). All prerequisites for courses will be enforced for On Line Registration.

09-100–199 Freshman level
09-200–299 Sophomore level
09-300–399 Junior level
09-400–599 Junior/Senior level
09-700–900 Graduate level

09-101 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry
Fall or Spring: 3 units

This is a seven session 3 hr. chemistry laboratory course (with 1 hr lec.) that is designed to introduce students to some basic laboratory skills, techniques, and equipment commonly used in experimental scientific investigations. Experiments include: (1) An organic synthesis (the preparation and purification of aspirin), (2) Quantitative determination of aspirin by a Beer's Law analysis and a chromatographic (TLC) analysis of the ingredients in nonprescription medications, (3) Kinetics (determining the order and reaction rate constant for a reaction) , (4) An acid-base titration analysis (including the identification of an unknown organic acid), (5) Transition Metal Complexes (synthesis and color study of a coordination compound and a thermochemical study of a ligand replacement reaction of transition metal complexes using a temperature data acquisition/analysis device (Labworks II or CBL), (6) Polymers (determining the molecular weight of a polymer by an end-group analysis), and (7) Biochemistry (total iron content, iron release properties, and structure of ferritin, the iron storage protein). Prerequisite: 09-105 (may be taken concurrently).

09-102 First Year Chemistry Seminar
Fall and Spring: Mini Session - 3 units

A selection of mini-courses offered to introduce first-year students to special topics in modern chemistry. The courses meet for half a semester and may include some hands-on laboratory and computer experiences. Topics vary, but have included: Chemistry of the Environment, Macromolecules for Nanotechnology, Polymers and the Modern World, Kaboom and Other Approaches to Teaching Science, Dating Using Radioactivity and Computer Molecular Modeling. Enrollment limited to first-year MCS students.

09-103 Atoms, Molecules, and Chemical Change
Fall: 9 units

This is a one-semester introductory college level course designed for non-science majors who have had a high school course in chemistry. Objectives are to provide students with an understanding of basic chemical principles and to show how these are applied in so many different and practical applications, from air-bags to the cancer treatment material cis-platinum. Major topics include: measurements, matter, atomic theory and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry and chemical reactions, properties of aqueous solutions, states of matter (solids, liquids and gases), and acid-base chemistry. Additional topics include: chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry, reaction rates, and nuclear chemistry. Students should gain confidence in applying scientific reasoning concepts to situations beyond the course. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.

09-104 Fundamental Aspects of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Spring: 9 units
This course is designed to follow 09-103 for non-science majors although it is possible for students with a good high school chemistry course to enter directly into 09-104. The course covers the structure, nomenclature and properties of organic molecules at a depth required to understand the function of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids. Considerable emphasis is given to an understanding of structural and stereoisomerism and their importance in biochemical processes. Ecological processes are also covered in some detail. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.

09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry
Fall or Spring: 10 units
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This course begins with a very brief survey of some fundamental principles of chemistry and a presentation of chemically interesting applications and sophisticated problems. These will form the basis for introducing various facets of the course that deal ultimately with the relationship between the structure of molecules and their chemical properties and behavior. The subject matter will include principles of atomic structure, chemical bonding, and molecular structures of organic and inorganic compounds including some transition metal complexes. Relevant examples will be drawn from such areas as environmental, materials, and biological chemistry. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hr. rec.

09-106 Modern Chemistry II
Fall or Spring: 10 units

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The course provides an introduction to some basic concepts of chemical equilibria and thermodynamics. Topics include gas phase equilibria, acid-base chemistry, solubilities, oxidation-reduction reactions, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, colligative properties and electrochemistry. Chemical kinetics is introduced to complement the study of thermodynamics. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hr. rec. Prerequisite: 09-105 or 09-107.

09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamental Concepts and Applications
Fall: 10 units

Honors Chemistry is an introductory course that teaches the foundations of Modern Chemistry and applies them to current scientific issues, such as Green Chemistry, Biotechnology and Materials Science. Topics include modern theories of bonding, organization of atoms, molecular interactions, biochemistry and transition metal chemistry. Enrollment is limited to first-year students, with priority given to those in MCS. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. rec.

09-151 Honors Seminar
Fall or Spring: 2 units

This course is mostly devoted to a survey of the current areas of important research in the field of chemistry. It is designed to introduce undergraduates in the B.S./M.S. honors program to research topics being pursued by the faculty and help in the selection of a research advisor. The course is not always offered and may be combined with graduate course 09-700, Introduction to Chemical Research.

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09-204 Issues in Chemistry
Spring: 3 units

This course uses current issues in chemistry such as environmental and ethical topics as a vehicle for developing verbal and communication skills. 1 hr. lec.

09-202 Undergraduate Seminar II
Spring: 1 units

Issues and topics focused on laboratory safety are discussed in this class. The topics are selected to supplement information covered in 09-221, Laboratory I. This course is intended to provide the necessary safety training for students wishing to undertake undergraduate research projects in the laboratory and is taught in collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Enrollment is limited to chemistry majors. 1 hr.

09-201 Undergraduate Seminar I
Fall: 1 unit

Issues and topics of importance to beginning chemistry majors are discussed in this course. It provides a general introduction to the facilities, faculty and programs of the Chemistry Department and introduces students to career and research opportunities in the field of chemistry. Students attend and evaluate seminars of fourth-year students. 1 hr.

09-214 Physical Chemistry
Spring: 9 units

This is a one-semester course intended primarily for students in Biological Sciences, students in the B.A. degree program in Chemistry, and students from other departments interested in pursuing graduate studies in the health professions. The course focuses on thermodynamics and its application to chemical and biological systems. Emphasis is given towards attaining a good fundamental understanding of entropy and free energy. Topics include applications of thermodynamics to chemical and biochemical equilibria, electrochemistry, solutions, and chemical kinetics. 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: 09-106 and 21-118 and 33-111 and (09-105 or 09-107)

09-217 Organic Chemistry I
Fall: 9 units

This course presents an overview of structure and bonding as it pertains to organic molecules. Selected topics include: introduction to functional group chemistry, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, reaction mechanisms and use of retrosynthetic analysis in the development of multistep syntheses. Methods for structure determination of organic compounds by modern spectroscopic techniques are introduced. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec. Prerequisite: 09-105 or 09-107.

09-218 Organic Chemistry II
Spring: 9 units

This course further develops many of the concepts introduced in Organic Chemistry I, 09-217. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of reaction mechanisms for understanding the outcome of chemical transformations, and the employment of a wide variety of functional groups and reaction types in the synthesis of organic molecules. Also included in the course will be special topics selected from the following; polymers and advanced materials, biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids, and drug design.
3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec. Prerequisite: 09-217.

09-220 Supramolecular Organic Chemistry
Spring: 3 units

Syllabus (pdf file)
Supramolecular chemistry involves the use of noncovalent bonding interactions to assemble molecules into stable, well-defined structures. This course will provide students with an introduction to this exciting field of research. Students will be introduced to essential background concepts such as types of noncovalent bonding and strategies for the design of supramolecular assemblies. Readings from monographs and classroom lectures by the instructor will cover this material. Students will then begin to read about applications of supramolecular chemistry from the scientific literature, learning to compare articles, to evaluate the quality of the data and interpretations reached by the authors, to use the knowledge gained from these readings and discussions to predict the outcomes of related experiments, and to ultimately be able to design their own experiments to answer a relevant question. Meeting hours set by instructor, enrollment limited with priority given to sophomore chemistry majors. Prerequisites: 09-217. Co-requisites: 09-218.

09-221 Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis
Fall or Spring: 12 units

This course is the first in a sequence of four laboratory courses on experimental aspects of chemistry. The experimental work emphasizes the techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Included are projects dealing with spectroscopic methods, volumetric analysis including redox and acid-base titrations, and gravimetric analysis as well as some preparative techniques used in organic and inorganic synthesis. The course is project-oriented with the experiments becoming more complex, requiring greater student input into the experimental design as the semester progresses. A mixture of individual and team experiments are conducted during the semester. In addition to techniques, safety, written, and oral communication skills, and effective teamwork are emphasized. 2 hr. lec., 6 hrs. lab. Prerequisites: 09-106.

09-222 Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis
Spring: 12 units

This second course in the laboratory sequence is devoted to experiments illustrating important methods used in organic synthesis together with applications of gas chromatography, infrared, ultraviolet and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the characterization of organic compounds. 2 hr. lec., 6 hrs. lab. Prerequisites: 09-221, 09-217, 09-218 (may be taken concurrently).

09-231 Mathematical Methods for Chemists
Fall: 9 units

This course covers mathematical techniques that are important in the chemical sciences. The techniques will be covered in the context of chemical phenomena, and combine topics from 3-dimensional calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and statistics. This course does not count towards the minor in chemistry. 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: 09-106 and 21-118

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09-301 Undergraduate Seminar III
Fall: 1 units
Students attend one seminar per week on a chemistry related topic. A menu of choices is provided one week in advance. 1 hr.

09-302 Undergraduate Seminar IV
Spring: 1 units
Students attend seminars presented by senior chemistry majors. Presentations are evaluated and students become familiar with special topics in chemistry. Some pointers on how to organize and present an effective seminar on a topic in chemistry are given. The course establishes what should be included in a good seminar. 1 hr.

09-321 Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis
Fall: 12 units

This third course in the laboratory sequence is an advanced synthesis course covering a variety of synthetic methods including vacuum and inert atmosphere methods to prepare organic, inorganic, organometallic, and polymeric compounds. Methods may involve resolution procedures to prepare optically active compounds, separation of mixtures and isolation of products by use of column and thin-layer chromatography, sublimation and extraction techniques. Experiments on characterization and identification by chemical and spectroscopic methods form an important part of the course. Use of the chemical literature is included. 2 hr. lec., 6 hrs. lab. Prerequisites: 09-218 and 09-222,

09-322 Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics
Spring: 12 units

This laboratory course is devoted to physical chemistry experiments which involve the use of modern spectroscopic instrumentation to probe the optical and magnetic properties of molecules. The experiments include the use of high resolution infrared, laser Raman, NMR, EPR, fluorescence, and UV-visible spectroscopies. Additional experiments demonstrate methods for measuring phase equilibria and enzyme-catalyzed reaction rate constants, and develop skills in error analysis, basic electronics, and vacuum techniques. 2 hr. lec., 8 hrs. lab. Prerequisites: 09-221 and 09-344 Co-requisite: 09-345.

09-331 Modern Analytical Instrumentation
Fall: 9 units

This course will cover all aspects of analytical instrumentation and its application to problems in materials, environmental, and biological chemistry. Topics covered will include chromatographic separations, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopies, electrochemistry, optical and force microscopies and potentially NMR. In addition, the course will emphasize how to select an analytical method appropriate to the problem at hand, how to optimize the signal to noise obtained by a measurement, and the quantitative analysis of experimental data. 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: 09-221 and 09-222. Co-requisites: 09-344

09-344 Physical Chemistry (Quantum):
Microscopic Principles of Physcial Chemistry
Fall: 9 units

The measurement and theoretical description of the properties of atoms and molecules are presented. The elementary principles of quantum chemistry are developed. The many types of spectroscopy used to study atoms and molecules are described. Methods of atomic structure determination are discussed. The structure and properties of solids are also presented. The basic results of statistical chemistry are outlined and a brief connection to thermodynamics is made. 3hr. lec. 1 hr. rec. Prerequisites: (09-105 or 09-107) and (21-259 or 09-231).

09-345 Physical Chemistry (Thermo):
Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
Spring: 9 units

The measurement and theoretical descriptions of the equilibrium properties of chemical systems are presented. Chemical thermodynamics is introduced at the upper division level. The phases of matter are discussed. The quantitative treatment of mixtures is developed. The detailed description of chemical equilibrium is elaborated. The measurement and theoretical description of the nonequilibrium properties of chemical systems are presented. Elementary transport properties are introduced. The principles of classical chemical kinetics are developed in great detail. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec. Prerequisites: 09-106 and (21-259 or 09-231).

09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry
Fall: 12 units

A course of study designed to provide the microscopic basis of concepts encountered in the field of chemical engineering. The properties of macroscopic materials are calculated in terms of the microscopic properties of atoms and molecules. Both classical and quantum approaches are employed. The thermodynamic properties are developed in terms of the chemical potentials of the constituent particles. The transport properties are calculated using molecular dynamics and Brownian dynamics. Classical chemical kinetics is fully developed and applied to complex reactions. Rate constants are calculated for simple reactions in gases and solutions. The course is normally limited to chemical engineering majors. 5 hr. lec. Prerequisites: (06-151 or 06-221) and (06-155 or 06-262) and (09-105 or 09-107).

09-348 Inorganic Chemistry
Fall: 10 units

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The focus of this course is the study of structural principles, the theories of bonding, and the reaction chemistry of inorganic compounds. Special attention is given to the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and the language used to convey these concepts. Symmetry and point groups are a recurrent theme throughout the course. The concepts of isomerism and selectivity are presented in detail. Descriptive chemistry is an underlying theme receiving specific attention for several p-block elements. Crystal field, ligand field, and molecular orbital treatments of complex ions are presented. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec. Prerequisite: 09-217.

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09-401 Undergraduate Seminar V
Fall or Spring: 1 unit

Offered as a 7 week mini-course, students review the skills necessary for giving an effective oral technical presentation. The poster as a tool for communicating technical information is discussed. The course concludes with a poster session by participants.

09-402 Undergraduate Seminar VI
Fall or Spring: 3 units

Students enrolled in this course present a 20 - 30 minute oral report on a current topic in chemistry. This may be from the student’s research work or a special chemistry topic of general interest. Presentations or papers prepared for other courses are not acceptable. Thoroughness in the use of the chemical literature is emphasized. The use of presentation aids such as PowerPoint is encouraged. Other students in the class submit written evaluations of the presentation. A seminar presentation is required of all chemistry majors. No exceptions possible. 1 hr.

09-441 Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Intermittent: 9 units

This course is designed for upper level science and engineering students, and provides an introduction to the fundamentals and applications of nuclear phenomena. Among the topics discussed are the systematics of stable and unstable nuclei, nature and energetics of radioactivity, detection and measurement of nuclear radiation, tracer techniques in chemical applications, nuclear processes as chemical probes, and nuclear energy. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-732) Prerequisites: 09-345

09-445 Undergraduate Research
Fall or Spring: 3-18 units

Properly qualified students may undertake research projects under the direction of members of the faculty, normally 6 to 12 hrs/week. A written, detailed report describing the project and results is required. Course may be taken only with the consent of a faculty research advisor who may be in chemistry or another department. The number of units taken generally corresponds to the actual number of hours the student actually spends in the lab doing research during the week. Maximum number of units taken per semester is 18.

09-455 Honors Thesis
Fall and Spring: 6 or 15 units

Students enrolled in the departmental honors program are required to enroll in this course to complete the honors degree requirements. A thesis written in an acceptable style describing an original research project, and a successful oral defense of the thesis topic before an honors committee are required. Limited to students accepted into the honors program. (B.S. Honors candidates normally enroll for 6 units; B.S./M.S. candidates enroll for 15 units.)

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Notes on 09-500 Senior Level Courses
With the approval of the instructor, students having appropriate prerequisites and interests may take most of the following 09-500 senior level courses (and 09-441) as 12 unit 09-700 (or 800) level graduate courses. Additional work is required in the graduate level courses.

09-502 Organic Polymer Chemistry
Spring: 9 units

A study of the synthesis and reactions of high polymers. Emphasis is on practical polymer preparation and on the fundamental kinetics and mechanisms of polymerization reactions. Topics include: relationship of synthesis and structure, step-growth polymerization, chain-growth polymerization via radical, ionic and coordination intermediates, copolymerization, discussions of specialty polymers and reactions of polymers. Prerequisite: 09-218. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-741]

09-504 Chemical Kinetics
Intermittent: 9 units

Rate laws. Analysis of linear chemical networks by Leplace transform and matrix formalism. Transient and steady-state methods. Stability of chemical systems. Theories of reaction rates. Molecular energetics. Application to reactions in solution, electrolytes, electron and proton transfer reactions, heterogeneous systems. (Graduate Course: 09-704, 12 units)

09-509 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
Fall: 9 units

This course develops fundamental principles of polymer science at an introductory level. Emphasis is placed on physical chemical concepts associated with the macromolecular chain nature of polymeric materials. Engineering aspects of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of these materials are discussed in relation to chain microstructure. Topics include an historical introduction to polymer science and a general discussion of commercially important polymers; chain structure and molecular weight; condensation and addition synthesis mechanisms with emphasis on molecular weight distribution (MWD); methods for determining MWD; dilute solution thermodynamics and chain conformation; rubber elasticity; introduction to semi-concentrated systems; review of Newtonian fluid mechanics and linear elasticity; flow phenomena in polymeric systems; polymer processing; introductory aspects of polymer rheology; glass transition and introductory crystallization. (This course is also listed as 06-609) Prerequisites: 09-345

09-510 Introduction to Green Chemistry
Spring: 9 units.

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This course covers the most significant emerging field in modern chemistry, namely, Green chemistry, the field which focuses upon the reinvention of chemistry such that pollution can be avoided. The chemical nature and action of pollutants of the atmosphere, land, and water sources, will be presented along with prospects for their minimization, and approaches for their eradication. Examples of successful green chemistry developments will be highlighted. For example, a technical analysis of the chemistry of refrigeration and a historical analysis of the refrigeration industry will be given. This will be focused upon how refrigeration chemistry has changed to reduce toxicity and to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. As a second example, the chemical process by which white paper is made will be treated in detail emphasizing the environmental effluent problems and the steps that industry has taken to reduce these problems. A new technology with potential to further significantly reduce toxic effluents while producing superior quality paper in a cost-effective
manner will be described: this technology has been invented at Carnegie Mellon. Themes woven throughout the course include emerging concepts for guiding green chemistry, environmental toxicology, the development of green oxidants, and an identification of toxins, especially persistent toxins, where elimination will require new green chemistry. A significant effort has been made by the instructor to produce a course suitable for an interdisciplinary audience and recent classes have come from diverse backgrounds throughout the university. Prerequisites: 09-218, 09-348. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-710]

09-511 Solid State Materials Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units

The course will interface general principles in solid state physics and chemistry as applied to novel organic and inorganic materials. The general focus of the course will be on electronic materials. Specific topics to be covered include: solid state structures, the free electron model, energy bands (Bloch theory, tight binding model, etc.) and electrical conductivity. Techniques for defining both the electronic and physical structures and properties of solids will be discussed throughout the course. Magnetic and optical properties of some organic and inorganic materials will be covered. Prerequisites: 09-218, 09-345. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-811]

09-517 Organotransition Metal Chemistry
Fall: 9 units

The first half of this course focuses on the fundamentals of structure and bonding in organotransition metal complexes and how the results can be used to explain, and predict, chemical reactivity. The latter half of the course covers applications, and more specifically, homogeneous catalysts for industrial processes and organic synthesis. Prerequisites: 09-218 and 09-348. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-717]

09-518 Bioorganic Chemistry
Fall: 9 units

This course will introduce students to new developments in chemistry and biology, with emphasis on synthetic and functional aspects of nucleic acids and proteins, and their applications. Later in the course, students will get to explore some of the ongoing research in functional genomics. Students will be required to keep abreast of the current literature, and homework will be assigned on a regular basis. The homework assignments will require data interpretation and experimental design. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-718) 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: 09-217 and 09-218

09-521 Bioinorganic Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units

Many fundamental processes of life require metal ions, including respiration, nitrogen fixation, photosynthesis, and replication. This course will treat the basis for the selection and regulation of metal atoms and ligand systems, and the interactions with their corresponding protein environments. The course will emphasize the chemistry of transition metals and their importance in catalytic processes, atom transfer, and electron transport. The array of physical methods (optical, magnetic, and X-ray) required for study will be introduced, with application toward the determination of electronic and molecule structure, and enzymatic mechanisms. Prerequisites: 09-344 and 09-348. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-721]

09-522 Oxidation and Inorganic Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units

The roles of metal complexes in oxidation processes (inorganic, organic, biological) will be presented. Special attention is given to processes involving the activation of molecular oxygen and hydrogen peroxide from a mechanistic viewpoint. The electronic structures of metal complexes of dioxygen and its reduced species superoxide, peroxide, and oxide are reviewed, as are the relationships between electronic structure and oxidation reactivity. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-722) Prerequisites: 09-348

09-541 Spectroscopy
Spring: 9 units

This course emphasizes the use of modern optical methods in the study of molecular properties and reactivity. Basic topics such as the use of group theory in the analysis of vibrational, rotational and electronic spectra are covered in detail. In addition, recently developed techniques such as time-resolved and nonlinear spectroscopies are discussed as are applications of optical methods to problems in chemistry, biology and materials science. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-841) Prerequisites: 09-344 and 09-345

09-543 Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals, Instrumentation, and Techniques
Spring: 6 unit
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This course is intended for students of chemistry, biological sciences and material science who are interested in understanding fundamentals, instrumentation and techniques used in mass spectrometry. RRKM theory, ionization techniques, various scan modes (SIM, SRM, MS-MS,?) and basic interpretation are covered. The operating principles of various ion sources, mass analyzers and detectors are covered. Applications are focused in the area of proteomic analysis such as protein identification and peptide sequencing using MALDI and electrospray ionization. Hyphenated techniques such as GC-MSn, LC-MSn and CE-MSn are covered. This course may use a NSF funded Internet based Virtual Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, remote control of mass spectrometers from the classroom as well as a real mass spectrometry laboratory. Prerequisites: 09-214, 09-345 or 33-341, and 15-100 or permission of instructor.

09-545 Polymer Rheology
Intermittent: 9 units

A survey of the mechanical properties of polymeric materials in their many forms: melt, rubber, glass, crystalline, solution, mixtures, and composites with other materials. The dependence on structure of viscosity, viscoelasticity, and plasticity failure. The role of rheological properties in characterization, testing, fabrication, and use of polymeric materials. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-745) Prerequisites: (09-344 or 09-347) and (09-509 or 06-609).

09-552 Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Fall: 9 units

The phenomenon of magnetic resonance spectroscopy is described by resorting to classical vector models and a simple quantum picture. The origin and interpretation of the chemical shift, spin-spin coupling constants, and nuclear relaxation are presented. Fourier spectroscopy in one and two dimension is discussed. Applications to chemical structures and to the dynamics of simple and complex mechanisms are explored. Examples stemming from inorganic, organic, and biochemical systems will be discussed. Prerequisites: Physical Chemistry I and II (09-344 and 09-345), or equivalent courses in physics and engineering, or with permission of instructor. [Graduate Course, 12 units, 09-752]

09-560 Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry
Fall: 12 units

Computer modeling is playing an increasingly important role in chemical research. This course provides an overview of computational chemistry techniques including molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics and both semi-empirical and ab initio electronic structure theory. Sufficient theoretical background is provided for students to understand the uses and limitations of each technique. An integral part of the course is hands on experience with state-of-the-art computational chemistry tools running on graphics workstations. 4 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: (15-111 or 15-200) and 09-344 and 09-345

09-620 Global Atmospheric Chemistry
12 units
The primary objectives are to understand basic meteorology, stratospheric, and global tropospheric chemistry. The course will thus be divided roughly in thirds, covering those three subjects in order. The major secondary objective of the course is to get students well versed in the use of data to answer scientific questions in atmospheric sciences. This theme will make a limited appearance in the first third of the course and then dominate the second two thirds. The objective in the first section, meteorology, is to provide students with the basics of meteorology, with a focus on large-scale atmospheric motion. We will cover most of the standard introductory text in 6 weeks, so we will move quickly. The objective is for students to understand the basics of atmospheric dynamics, including horizontal and vertical motion, as well as stability. The objective in the second two sections is to explore the major issues of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry — ozone depletion, global ozone production in the lower atmosphere, and atmospheric radical cycles. The major subtheme will be the use of some large datasets — aircraft data and global tracer measurements — to pose and answer questions about the balance of radical cycles. (This course is also listed as 06-620.) Prerequisites: 21-260 Co-requisites: (09-347 or 09-344)

Graduate Courses
The following graduate courses are available to undergraduate students who have appropriate prerequisites and permission of the instructor. Descriptions of these and other graduate courses may be found in the graduate catalog of the Chemistry Department.

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