CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II

State the characteristics of liquids and solids, including phase diagrams and spectrometry. Articulate the importance of intermolecular interactions and predict trends in physical properties. Identify the characteristics of acids, bases, and salts, and solve problems based on their quantitative relationships. Identify and balance oxidation-reduction equations, and solve redox titration problems. Determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time, and temperature. Apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems using LeChatelier's Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure, and temperature changes on equilibrium mixtures. Analyze and perform calculations with the thermodynamic functions, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy. Discuss the construction and operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells, and determine standard and non-standard cell potentials. Define nuclear decay processes. Describe basic principles of organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry

Text: Chemistry by OpenStax, Rice University, 2016 (ISBN:1938168399)

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CHEM 4380 - Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Foundations, Quality Assurance Quality Control; Reporting Defensible Uncertainties using Representative Samples; Statistics in Excel and Minitab;Chemical Partitioning and Equilibria; Instrumentation Review; Drug Evidence, Analysis, Pharmacology, and Toxicology; Physical and Chemical Evidence of Combustion and Arson; Explosives; Colorants, Inks, Paints; Materials, Polymers, Natural and Synthetic Fibers

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CHEM 4448 - Physical Chemistry I

Quantum Mechanics; Molecular Symmetry; Computational Chemistry; Rotational Spectroscopy; Vibrational Spectroscopy; Atomic Spectroscopy; Electronic Structure; Molecular Orbital Theory; Electronic Spectroscopy

Text: Physical Chemistry, 3rd Ed. by Thomas Engel and Philip Reid, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, (ISBN: 032181200X)

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CHEM 4449 - Physical Chemistry II

Probability and the Boltzman Distribution; Statistical Thermodynamics; Thermodynamic Functions (USHAG); Single Component Phase Diagrams; Ideal, Real, and Electrolyte Solutions; Kinetic Theory of Gases; Transport Phenomena; Thermochemistry; Electrochemistry; Nuclear Chemistry

Text: Physical Chemistry, 2nd Ed. by Thomas Engel and Philip Reid, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, (ISBN: 0-321-61505-0)

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CHEM 5385 - Graduate Symmetry and Spectroscopy

Text: Symmetry and Spectroscopy - An Introduction to Vibrational and Electronic Spectroscopy, by Harris and Bertolucci, Dover, 1978. (ISBN: 3-486-66144-X)

I prefer this book to more modern books for the following reasons. It is very readable. It does not distract the reader with all the fluffy pictures and application boxes. It has a an excellent treatment of matrix operations, group elements, and vibrational modes. I am able to add my own content on symmetry adapted linear combinations of atomic orbitals.

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CHEM 5381 - Graduate Thermodynamics

Fall Every 4th Year

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