Computational modeling is a third pillar of science, alongside experiment and theory. This class introduces several advanced modeling techniques used in solid state chemistry and focuses on atomistic methods, such as molecular dynamics and density functional theory. The class is taught through hands-on projects in which the students use computational approaches to investigate important concepts in solid state chemistry. The aim is that in addition to learning about modeling and simulation, students will develop an understanding of how and when to use these tools effectively, and how to analyze and critically assess results. Specific topics are outlined in the schedule. Pre-requisites: basic programming experience.
Roughly speaking, inorganic chemistry concerns the properties and behavior of inorganic compounds, i.e., chemicals that lack carbon–hydrogen bonds, and organometallic compounds. In practice, the lines between organic and inorganic chemistry are rather blurry. As indicated in the course catalog, this is a graduate-level course on theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Topics will include molecular symmetry, spectroscopy, electronic structure/bonding, magnetism, electron transfer, and catalysis. Solid-state chemistry and, if time permits, organometallic chemistry will also be briefly discussed. Where appropriate, emphasis will be placed on the relationship between structure and reactivity. Pre-requisites: CHEM 2420, CHEM 4110 and CHEM 3550 or 4507, or graduate standing.
Chemistry is the study of matter in its various phases, including composition, structure, properties, behavior and how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances. While chemistry dates back as far as the prehistoric times, it has continued to evolve through the years, alongside technology. In the modern world, chemistry is an essential discipline to the advancement of drug discovery, materials discovery, environmental science, and genetics, among other scientific and technological developments. This is the first semester of a one-year introductory series. This course provides a broad coverage of chemistry principles with inorganic and organic systems applications, with a focus on the microscopic scale, where astonishing material properties originate.Pre-requisites: ACT Math score of 23 or above, or concurrent enrollment in Math 1400, or 1405 or 1450.