Teaching

 Chemistry 105-General College Chemistry I

CHE 105 covers three parts of general chem.  Part I begins with atoms, molecules, and ions.  The discussion of atomic and molecular structure leads into a consideration of reactions between molecules and ions.  Part II examines reactivity from a quantitative viewpoint.  The question is not what is the product of a reaction, but how much product is formed and what are the energy changes involved?  Part III concerns mainly with intermolecular forces in gases, liquids, and solids.

Chemistry 440G-Physical Chemistry

CHE 440G is a four-credit introductory course in physical chemistry.  It covers thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, and chemical kinetics.  The student body consists of mostly undergraduates.  Weekly problem sets are assigned, quizzes or tests are given regularly, and examinations include two or three midterms and the final.

Chemistry 441G-Physical Chemistry Laboratory

CHE 441G is a one-semester laboratory course accompanying CHE 440G and CHE 446G (Physical Chemistry for Engineers).  The course emphasizes experimental techniques, data analysis, report writing, and safety procedures.  During the semester, students meet twice per week, each for three-hours.  The students enrolled in the course are largely from the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2001, I developed new laboratory experiments and wrote a new laboratory textbook.  This textbook is now available at the University Bookstore.  The modernized labs remove the outdated experiments, enhance computational chemistry and spectroscopy, and use computerized data acquisition in all the experiments.  These changes aim to enrich student experience in modern laboratory techniques.

Chemistry 548-Principles of Physical Chemistry II

Fundamental principles of physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics.  Prereq: CHE 440G.

Chemistry 572-Communication in Chemistry

Reports and discussions on recent research and current chemical literature in seminar format; literature searching methods; resume construction; and preparation of effective presentations, abstracts, and visual aids.  It may be repeated for a total of two credits. 

Chemistry 580-Computational Chemistry

This course provides students with the background and resources necessary to select, apply, and assess computational methods.  The content of the course includes molecular and quantum mechanic methods and their applications in computation of molecular structures, energies, thermochemistry, spectra, and chemical reactions.  The format of the course involves lectures, lab work, literature discussion, and student presentation.   

 Chemistry 668-Symmetry and Chemical Applications

The course content is divided into two parts.  The first part covers fundamental concepts of symmetry elements, symmetry operations, point groups, group representations, direct products of representations, and projection operators.  The second part discusses applications of symmetry arguments to problems in chemical bonding, molecular structures, spectroscopy, and chemical reactions.

Chemistry 772-Seminar in Chemistry Instruction

This course is designed to introduce new graduate students to the teaching, academic, and research activities. The course discussion include academic integrity and intellectual properties, discrimination and harassment, lab safety,  Lab notebooks and grading, scientific seminar and writing.

Chemistry 776-Physical Chemistry Graduate Seminar

Reports and discussions on recent research and current physical chemistry literature.  Required for all physical chemistry graduate students.  It may be repeated up to eight credits.

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