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CH112f Chemistry for Citizens Basic chemical principles and their applications to topics of current concern to society. Topics include atomic theory, chemical bonding and reactions, properties of solutions, and the chemistry behind drugs, DNA technology, and many household products. Intended for non-science majors. Working knowledge of algebra required. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 118, 141, or 145 may not receive credit for Chemistry 112. Fulfills non-laboratory science requirement. Three credit hours. N. MILLARD
[CH112J] Chemistry for Citizens Basic chemical principles and their applications to topics of current concern to society. Topics include atomic theory, chemical bonding and reactions, properties of solutions, and the chemistry behind drugs, DNA technology, and many household products. The laboratory introduces students to the scientific method and the use of both qualitative and quantitative data in decision making. Intended for non-science majors. Working knowledge of algebra required. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 118, 141, or 145 may not receive credit for Chemistry 112. During Jan Plan Selection, choose the lab(s) only. The lecture will be added for you if you are confirmed in the course. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 112JL. Three credit hours. N.
CH141f General Chemistry Fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic theory, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and intermolecular forces. Students will become proficient at using pre-calculus-level quantitative skills in a scientific context and to master the interface between narrative and mathematical problem solving. The laboratory will familiarize students with experimental techniques and the accumulation and analysis of experimental data. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 145 may not receive credit for Chemistry 141. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Four credit hours. N,Lb. KATZ, SHATTUCK
CH142s General Chemistry Explores the fundamental principles of chemistry including chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, and radioactivity. Students will become proficient at using pre-calculus-level quantitative skills in a scientific context and will master the interface between narrative and mathematical problem solving. The laboratory will familiarize students with experimental techniques and the accumulation and analysis of experimental data. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 145 may not receive credit for Chemistry 142. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 141. Four credit hours. N,Lb. CONRY, RICE
CH143f Turbo Chemistry A recitation section designed to amplify the material covered in General Chemistry lecture with extra challenging homework, practice exams, and required group problem sets. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One credit hour. KING
CH144s Turbo Chemistry A recitation section designed to amplify the material covered in General Chemistry lecture with extra challenging homework, practice exams, and required group problem sets. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One credit hour. KING
CH145f Honors General Chemistry Introductory chemistry for students with strong pre-college chemistry preparation. An accelerated course covering similar topics as Chemistry 141 and 142 with an additional focus on modern bonding theory. Students will become proficient at using pre-calculus-level quantitative skills in a scientific context and mastering the interface between narrative and mathematical problem solving. The laboratory will familiarize students with experimental techniques and the accumulation and analysis of experimental data. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 141 or 142 may not receive credit for Chemistry 145. Lecture and laboratory. Four credit hours. N,Lb. RICE
[CH151] K-8 Chemistry Outreach Activities Development of hands-on activities to fulfill physical science goals required by the Maine Learning Results. Students create age-appropriate science experiments that illustrate the relevance of chemistry to society and implement these activities in area classrooms and on campus. Communication skills are enhanced through the development of teacher kits (written) and interaction with schoolchildren (oral). Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 112 with laboratory or 118 with laboratory or 141. Three credit hours. N.
CH197j Chemistry of Color and Art Materials A study of the nature of light and how light interacts with matter to produce color. An exploration of the chemical properties of materials that cause color, as well as which analytical techniques probe those properties as applied to artist materials, such as pigments, dyes, paints, glasses, and ceramics. Prerequisite: A strong background in high school chemistry and physics or an introductory college chemistry course (Chemistry 112, 118, or 141) is strongly recommended. Three credit hours. N. CONRY
CH217s Environmental Chemistry Application of chemical principles to the environment with an emphasis on the interaction among chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes. Current topics such as acid deposition, global warming, atmospheric ozone loss, and the fate and toxicity of heavy metals will be discussed in the context of natural environmental processes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Three credit hours. KING
CH241f Organic Chemistry Exploration of the relationships among structure, reactivity, and synthesis of organic compounds. The lecture portion introduces atoms and molecules, orbitals and bonding, the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and other functional groups, stereochemistry, ring systems, substitution and elimination reactions, and kinetics and equilibria. The laboratory involves the use of common techniques used by chemists, instrumentation, and molecular modeling. The goals are to help students think critically, solve problems, and write effectively. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Four credit hours. THAMATTOOR
CH242s Organic Chemistry Theories encountered in Chemistry 141, 142 are used as the basis for a detailed study of the relationships among structure, reactivity, and synthesis of organic compounds. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory. The laboratory explores the use of separation techniques, synthesis, and spectral techniques in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241. Four credit hours. BIZIER, KATZ
[CH255] Nuclear Magnetic Resonance The theory and practice of one- and two-dimensional NMR, infrared spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Examples include complex organic species and biological macromolecules, including proteins. Laboratory exercises include sample preparation and common two-dimensional NMR experiments, including polarization transfer (DEPT), chemical shift correlation (COSY, TOCSY, HMQC, HMBC, Adequate), and nuclear Overhauser effect (NOESY) spectroscopy. Skills developed include the ability to sift through incomplete and sometimes conflicting data to reach a logical conclusion based on available evidence. Offered in alternate January Programs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241. Three credit hours.
CH331f Chemical Methods of Analysis A study of the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Students learn how to use physical measurements to make quantitative chemical measurements reported with defined uncertainties. Concepts of chemical mass and charge balance are used to calculate chemical speciation in complex acid/base and redox systems. Lectures and homework focus on problem-solving skills that provide solutions to new problems based on fundamental chemical principles and constants. The required laboratory introduces advanced volumetric, potentiometric, and spectroscopic techniques for quantitative chemical analysis. Written lab reports reinforce the technical writing style used in chemical communications. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Four credit hours. KING
CH332s Instrumental Methods of Analysis Instruction in instrumental methods, including modern electroanalytical methods, absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and chromatography. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 331. Chemistry 342 is recommended. Four credit hours. FEKETE, KING
CH341f, 342s Physical Chemistry The laws and theories of chemical reactivity and the physical properties of matter. Emphasis is placed on chemical equilibrium, molecular bonding, and the rates of chemical reactions. Major topics in 341: thermodynamics, solutions, and reaction kinetics. In 342: quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Gaining facility with abstraction through building mathematical models, working through the implications of those models, and assessing the validity and inherent errors in the ability of the models to predict and explain physical phenomena is the primary goal. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142 or 145, Physics 142 or 145. Chemistry 342 may be taken before 341 with permission of the instructor. Five credit hours. SHATTUCK
CH362f Medical Biochemistry Listed as Biochemistry 362. Four credit hours. MILLARD
CH367f Biochemistry of the Cell I Listed as Biochemistry 367. Four or five credit hours. RICE
CH368s Chemical Basis of Metabolism A focus on the chemical reactions, bioenergetics, and regulatory processes that are essential to the functioning of the cell, stressing the development of problem-solving, critical-thinking, and communication skills in both the lecture and optional laboratory. Topics include the generation and use of metabolic energy, the integrated control of cellular functions, mechanisms of transport, and special topics of particular interest to biochemists with a chemical background. The laboratory will employ a case study approach, applying biochemistry tools to real-world problems. Students cannot receive credit for both Biology 368 and Chemistry 368, nor can they earn credit for Chemistry 368 if they have previously taken Biochemistry 362 or 368. Prerequisite: Biochemistry 367. Biochemistry 367 laboratory is prerequisite to Chemistry 368 laboratory. Four or five credit hours. MILLARD
CH378s Molecular Biology Listed as Biochemistry 378. Four credit hours. JOHNSON
CH411f Inorganic Chemistry Current models and concepts in inorganic chemistry are discussed, with an emphasis on general trends and periodic properties of the chemical elements and their compounds. Topics include bonding and structure, acid-base theories, redox properties, molecular symmetry, and coordination compounds. Students will expand their knowledge of fundamental chemical principles as well as their ability to critically think about, communicate, and apply this knowledge in problem solving. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142 (or 145) and permission of instructor. Chemistry 342 is recommended. Three credit hours. CONRY
[CH413] Inorganic Laboratory Studies Synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds of both the representative and transition elements. Discussion and laboratory. Co-requisite: Chemistry 411. Two credit hours.
[CH431] Mechanistic Organic Chemistry Based on original research articles and designed to teach students to think critically about published material. The readings cover topics such as chemical bonding, molecular orbital theory, and aromaticity, the use of isotopes in determining reaction mechanisms, reactions of atomic carbon, matrix isolation spectroscopy, laser flash photolysis, the influence of structure on reactivity, the role of thermodynamics and kinetics in reactions, linear free energy relationships, and unusual molecules. Students are instructed on computational modeling of chemical reactions, structures, and spectroscopic properties and are taught to retrieve information from the chemical literature. Four credit hours.
CH432s Advanced Organic Chemistry The logic and methods of organic synthesis are explored. The elementary organic reactions studied in Chemistry 241, 242 are augmented and used in the synthesis of biologically and chemically important molecules. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 242 or equivalent. Four credit hours. KATZ
CH434s Symmetry and Spectroscopy Use of principles of symmetry and group theory as an aid in understanding chemical bonding, interpreting molecular vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, and rationalizing symmetry control of reactions. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 411. Four credit hours. CONRY
[CH444] Advanced Topics in Biochemistry A detailed look at current trends in experimental research at the interface of chemistry and biology. Critical analyses of recent literature, identification of important problems in the field, and development of proposals to address these problems will be of primary focus. Problem-solving assessments will include both written and oral communication skills. Topics will include proteomics, chemical biology, and advanced enzymology. Prerequisite: Biochemistry 367 and 368 (the latter may be taken concurrently.) Four credit hours.
CH481f, 482s Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry Primarily a laboratory course with emphasis on independent studies of environmentally related topics. A paper and oral presentation are required. Prerequisite: Chemistry 217 and permission of the department. One to three credit hours. KING
CH483f, 484s Honors in Research in Chemistry Laboratory and library work involving a senior and one or more chemistry faculty members on a clearly defined project that results in an honors thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of the department and recommendation of the faculty sponsor. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
CH491f, 492s Independent Study Laboratory work of a research nature may be arranged with the instructor. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
CH493f, 494s Senior Seminar Discussion of topics of current interest in all areas of chemistry. Presentations by invited speakers from other colleges, universities, and industry. Seniors give a presentation on their research each semester. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing as a chemistry major. One credit hour. KATZ, THAMATTOOR