Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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physical chemistry

This upper-division chemistry program offers advanced studies in chemistry to prepare students for graduate studies or careers in chemistry. Based on the theme "what do chemists do?", our classroom studies will be connected with the applications chemists encounter in their everyday work.

In the fall we will study topics in quantum mechanics and descriptive inorganic chemistry. We will study simple quantum mechanical systems, apply them to solve simple chemical problems, and investigate how they can be adapted for more complex systems. In inorganic chemistry, we will explore atomic structure, simple bonding models, molecular symmetry, group theory and its applications, molecular orbital theory, and acid-base chemistry.

In winter quarter we will continue our studies in quantum mechanics to include more complex systems and investigate the use of spectroscopy to validate the quantum mechanical theories. Inorganic chemistry topics will include the study of coordination compounds and the solid state. In addition, we will begin our study of thermodynamics by exploring the laws that lay the foundation in this field of study.

The spring quarter will find us doing in-depth investigations of the spectrometric methods including a detailed analysis of the high-resolution infrared spectrum of a diatomic molecule. We will continue our studies in thermodynamics with topics in chemical equilibria and kinetics.

In the laboratory, you will work with a selection of analytical instrumentation available at the college. This will include an exploration of the physical principles as well as analysis of samples. Students are strongly encouraged to work with individual chemistry faculty on research projects during the course of the year. The results of these projects will be presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society and at the annual Evergreen Science Carnival & Research Exposition.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

chemistry, physics, instrumentation, environmental science, and science education


Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

Students can take quantum mechanics (4 credits, fall-winter-spring), inorganic chemistry (8 credits in fall and 4 credits in winter), or thermodynamics (8 credits, winter-spring) as individual components.

Fields of study: 

One year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory and one year of college-level differential and integral calculus required. Some physics experience is helpful.

Online learning:
  • Fall and Winter: Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
  • Spring Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.

Upper division science credit:

Students who achieve the expected level of competency will earn all upper-division science credits.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:00 am
LAB 1 054A - Food Safe Lab

Located in: Olympia

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