Courses

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CHEM 1500 – Chemical Bonding and Organic Chemistry

CHEM 1500 comprises the first half of first year chemistry designed for all students with a background in Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12, CHEM 050, or CHEM 060 background. Lecture topics include general concepts of the electronic structure of the atom, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, Lewis structures, molecular shapes, Valence bond theory and half a semester of organic chemistry. The organic chemistry portion will include bonding and structure of organic compounds, compound naming, identity of functional groups, conformational and stereochemical aspects of organic compounds, as well as substitution reactions.

The laboratory stresses basic precision techniques in quantitative analytical chemistry as well as experiments in instrumental analysis and organic chemistry. The laboratory also introduces students to some spectroscopic techniques.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0500 or CHEM 0600, Principles of Math 12 or MATH 060/061

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CHEM 1520 – Principles of Chemistry

CHEM 1520 is the second half of first-year chemistry designed for students with a strong background in chemistry. The Department of Chemistry defines a strong background as at least a B in Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600; however, the course is available to any student with CHEM 1500 and Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600. This course, in combination with CHEM 1500, will serve as a prerequisite for second year Chemistry courses at TRU and other BC institutions.

The topics include gas laws, thermochemistry, equilibrium, entropy and free energy, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Students are expected to become familiar with all these topics during the course. The laboratory stresses basic precision techniques in quantitative analytical chemistry as well as the use of analytical instrumentation and experiments in physical chemistry.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600 (a grade of B or better is recommended) and CHEM 1500 (C- minimum) or acceptance into the TRU Engineering program.

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CHEM 3060 – Physical Chemistry 1

Assuming prior basic knowledge of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, this course deals with various topics in the areas of chemical equilibrium, kinetics, solutions of electrolytes, and some aspects of physical organic chemistry, after studying the kinetics of the electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction.

Prerequisites: CHEM 2250 (C- minimum).

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CHEM 3070 – Physical Chemistry 2

The first part of this course introduces students to the theoretical side of studying chemistry, covering basic aspects of computational and quantum chemistry. The second part is an introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

Prerequisites: CHE 2160, CHEM 3060 (C- minimum), MATH 2120 (Linear Algebra) is highly recommended.

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CHEM 3080 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory

This course consists of a selection of computational laboratories illustrating a variety of physical chemical principles most of which are discussed in the third-year physical chemistry courses CHEM 3060 and CHEM 3070.

Prerequisites: CHEM 3060 (C- minimum) and be currently taking CHEM 3070.

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CHEM 4430 – Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory

This is a practical course on computational chemistry that builds on the knowledge students have acquired in CHEM 3060, 3070 and 3080. Students will become familiar with the use and operation of the Linux (UNIX) operating system, the Gaussian series of programs for electronic structure calculations, and the visualization software GaussView. Students will also engage in a short research project.

Prerequisites: CHEM 3070, CHEM 3080 (C- minimum).

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