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Undergraduate Courses


Chem 115 General Chemistry 2: Chemical Processes

Chemical reactions, including the rates and energetics of reactions and specific types of reactions. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical reactions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, specific reactions, and thermodynamics.


Chem 242 Physical Chemistry 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics

The study of the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics include properties of materials, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics. The laboratory provides experience with the use of physical-chemical equipment and problem solving skills.


Chem 243 Physical Chemistry 2: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

An introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics covering the postulates of quantum mechanics, paritcle in a box, harmonic oscillator, anular momentum and the hydrogen atom. Applications to spectroscopy are also investigated.


Chem 343 Computational Chemistry

This course offers an overview of the main areas of computational chemistry including electronic and molecular structure calculations, and the study of macroscopic molecules and phases. Its focus will be on understanding the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics and how they are applied to different simulation techniques and chemical problems. The course will also cover some contemporary applications of these methods such as conformational analysis, protein folding and molecular design.


Graduate Courses


Chem 801 Module in Thermodynamics of Materials

This module will cover the fundamental concepts and methods of thermodynamics. Starting with an elementary introduction to the general concepts and mathematical techniques of thermodynamics, we will follow a fairly traditional development of the laws of thermodynamics and their applications to phase equilibrium and stability etc. The course will focus on the application of thermodynamics to the properties of materials and surface thermodynamics as examples.


Chem 835 Special Topics in Theoretical Chemistry: Soft Condensed Matter

Soft condensed matter, which includes materials such as colloids, glasses, gels, polymers and membranes, is the focus of an intense research effort as many of these systems have the ability to form complex structures on the mesoscopic lengthscale. These complex structures arise out of seemingly simple molecular interactions and are responsible for the biological activity of proteins and cell membranes, the stability of paint and the phase behaviour of liquid crystals. The goal of this course is to explore the basic chemical and physical principles of soft materials and answer some fundamental questions such as: what is the phase behaviour of these systems and how do complex structures self-assemble? What are the dynamic properties of these materials?