2006-2007 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

XII. Course Descriptions


Department of Chemistry

Credit may be obtained in only 1 of CHEM*1040, CHEM*1100; 1 of CHEM*2400, CHEM*2480; 1 of CHEM*2820, CHEM*2880.

*A 1 hour tutorial is scheduled in the third hour of the time slot. Laboratory period extends 3 hours.

Laboratory Deposit: During the first week of classes, a refundable laboratory deposit of $10.00 will be collected from each student who registers in any of the courses in Chemistry, designated below by the symbol "+". Breakages will be charged against this deposit.

CHEM*1040 General Chemistry I F,W (3-3) [0.50]
A course which introduces concepts of chemistry, the central link between the physical and biological sciences. Principles discussed include chemical bonding, simple reactions and stoichiometry, chemical equilibria and solution equilibria (acids, bases, and buffers), and introductory organic chemistry.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of 4U Chemistry, OAC Chemistry (or equivalent), CHEM*1060
Restriction(s): CHEM*1100, CHEM*1300
CHEM*1050 General Chemistry II S,F,W (3-3) [0.50]
An introductory study of the fundamental principles governing chemical transformations: thermodynamics (energy, enthalpy, and entropy); kinetics (the study of rates of reactions); and redox/electrochemistry.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1040 or IPS*1100
Restriction(s): CHEM*1300, CHEM*1310
CHEM*1060 Introductory Chemistry F (3-0) [0.50]
A course stressing fundamental principles of chemistry, designed for students without 4U or OAC Chemistry or equivalent. Topics include: atomic theory, the periodic table, stoichiometry, properties of gases and liquids, acid-base concepts and chemical equilibria. This course is intended only for students who require the equivalent of 4U or OAC Chemistry in order to proceed to CHEM*1040 or CHEM*1300.
CHEM*1100 Chemistry Today F (3-0) [0.50]
A chemistry course for non-scientists. This course will outline the involvement of chemistry in our daily lives and will provide an appreciation of chemistry from atoms to important complex molecules. Topics will include energy sources, air and water pollution, natural and synthetic polymers, household chemicals, foods, drugs and biochemicals.
Restriction(s): CHEM*1040, CHEM*1300
CHEM*1300 Introductory Environmental Chemistry F (3-3) [0.50]
This course presents the fundamentals of chemistry in the context of the environment in the modern industrial world. The core content includes general chemical principles such as stoichiometry, equilibrium and reaction energetics, illustrated with cases and examples that relate these principles to contemporary environmental problems.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of 4U Chemistry, OAC Chemistry, CHEM*1060
Restriction(s): CHEM*1040, CHEM*1100
CHEM*1310 Introductory Environmental Chemistry II W (3-3) [0.50]
This course extends the foundation of general and physical chemistry for environmental sciences to provide a basis for the understanding of the dynamic behaviour of chemical systems in the external world. The core content includes principles of thermodynamics, photochemistry, electrochemistry and kinetics, illustrated with cases and examples that relate these principles to contemporary environmental problems.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1300
Restriction(s): CHEM*1050
CHEM*2060 Structure and Bonding F (3-2) [0.50]
Applications of symmetry, simple crystal structures and principles of bonding. Molecular orbital theory is used to explain the fundamental relationship between electronic and molecular structure. This course provides the elementary quantum background for an understanding of the electronic structures of atoms and molecules.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050, MATH*1210, PHYS*1010
CHEM*2070 Structure and Spectroscopy S,W (3-2) [0.50]
An introduction to spectroscopy and its relationship to molecular structure and dynamics. Rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopies will be studied. Concepts introduced in CHEM*2060 will be applied to chemical and biochemical problems through spectroscopic techniques. Central to this course is the use of spectroscopy for the determination of molecular structures and the investigation of molecular motions.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2060
CHEM*2300 Chemical Reactivity F (3-3) [0.50]
A general coverage of the reactivity of the elements and some of their compounds, with an emphasis on the compounds of carbon.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050 or CHEM*1310
Restriction(s): CHEM*2700
CHEM*2400 Analytical Chemistry I S,F,W (2-6) [0.75]
Quantitative analysis of important inorganic species in solution by volumetric, gravimetric and spectrophotometric techniques. Spreadsheet applications to solution equilibria and data analysis. This course is intended to build the foundations of good analytical laboratory practice.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050 or IPS*1200
Restriction(s): CHEM*2480
CHEM*2480 Analytical Chemistry I S,F,W (2-3) [0.50]
Same as CHEM*2400 with a 3 hour laboratory component.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of CHEM*1050, CHEM*1310, IPS*1200
Restriction(s): CHEM*2400
CHEM*2700 Organic Chemistry I S,W (3-3) [0.50]
An introduction to organic chemistry, stereochemistry, discussion of the major mechanisms and related reactions: nucleophilic substitution and elimination, electrophilic addition, free radical reactions, electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic addition and nucleophilic acyl substitution.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050
Restriction(s): CHEM*2300
CHEM*2820 Thermodynamics and Kinetics F (3-3) [0.50]
The laws and applications of chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050, (MATH*1200 or MATH*2080)
Restriction(s): CHEM*2880
CHEM*2880 Physical Chemistry F (3-2) [0.50]
A survey course for students who are not specializing in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical physics. Topics include basic thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, macromolecular binding, chemical kinetics, enzyme kinetics, transport processes, colligative properties and spectroscopy. This course describes macroscopic observable properties of matter in terms of molecular concepts.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050, (1 of MATH*1000, MATH*1080, MATH*1200)
Restriction(s): CHEM*2820
CHEM*3360 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology S,W (3-0) [0.50]
The chemistry of the natural environment; the influence of pollutants upon the environment, including methods of introduction of pollutants to, and removal of pollutants from the environment. (Also listed as TOX*3360.)
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050
Equate(s): TOX*3360
Restriction(s): CHEM*1310
CHEM*3430 Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis S,W (3-3) [0.50]
Methods for the separation, identification and quantification of substances in the solid, liquid and vapour states. Emphasis will be placed on modern instrumental methods and trace analysis.
Prerequisite(s): (CHEM*2400 or CHEM*2480), CHEM*2070 (may be taken concurrently)
Restriction(s): CHEM*3450, CHEM*3460, TOX*3300
CHEM*3440 Analytical Chemistry III: Analytical Instrumentation F (3-3) [0.50]
Analytical Instrumentation, data acquisition, processing and applications in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3430
Restriction(s): CHEM*3450, CHEM*3460
CHEM*3640 Chemistry of the Elements I F (3-3) [0.50]
A comprehensive introduction to concepts used by inorganic chemists to describe the structure, properties, and reactivity of compounds of the main group elements. The most important concepts covered are: Electronic Structure of Atoms, Symmetry, MO theory, Acids and Basis, Structure of Solids, Trends in the Periodic System.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2070
CHEM*3650 Chemistry of the Elements II W (3-3) [0.50]
The chemistry and structure of transition metal compounds; electronic spectral and structural properties of transition metal complexes; mechanisms of their substitution and redox reactions. Introduction to organometallic chemistry.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3640
CHEM*3750 Organic Chemistry II S,F (3-3) [0.50]
A continuation of the coverage of fundamental aspects of organic chemistry using an assimilation of carbonyl chemistry, unsaturated systems and carbon-carbon bond forming processes to acquaint students with methods of organic synthesis. Topics also include an introduction to spectroscopic methods for the identification of organic compounds.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2700
CHEM*3760 Organic Chemistry III W (3-3) [0.50]
An in-depth treatment of various aspects of organic chemistry. This will include such topics as the chemistry of heterocycles, bio-organic chemistry, polar rearrangements, organic photochemistry and a detailed discussion of organic spectroscopy.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2070, CHEM*3750
CHEM*3860 Quantum Chemistry F (3-1) [0.50]
Elementary quantum mechanics for the understanding of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2070, MATH*2170
CHEM*3870 Symmetry and Spectroscopy W (2-3) [0.50]
Elementary group theory with applications to molecular spectroscopy. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*2070
CHEM*4010 Chemistry and Industry W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines industrial processes for the production of organic and inorganic chemicals. The environmental impact and the challenges of a large-scale operation will be considered alongside the actual chemical processes involved.
Prerequisite(s): (CHEM*2300 or CHEM*2700), (CHEM*3430 or TOX*3300), (MATH*1210 or MATH*2080)
CHEM*4400 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
Recent developments in instrumental methods of chemical analysis. A typical selection will include topics from the areas of surface analysis and the applications of lasers in chemical analysis.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3430 or CHEM*3450
CHEM*4620 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry F (3-0) [0.50]
A contemporary treatment of subjects of current interest in modern inorganic chemistry. Possible topics include solid state chemistry and organometallic chemistry.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3650
CHEM*4630 Bioinorganic Chemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
The role and importance of transition metal systems in biological processes. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580, CHEM*3650 (may be taken concurrently)
Co-requisite(s): CHEM*3650
CHEM*4720 Organic Reactivity W (3-0) [0.50]
Introduction to physical organic chemistry, including discussion of reactive intermediates, substituent effects, medium effects, the mechanisms of organic reactions and the theoretical description of the bonding in organic molecules. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3760 (may be taken concurrently)
CHEM*4730 Synthetic Organic Chemistry F (3-0) [0.50]
Introduction to synthetic organic chemistry, including discussion of retrosynthetic analysis, natural products and organic reactions. The integration of these topics for the rational design of synthetic schemes will also be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*3760
CHEM*4740 Topics in Bio-Organic Chemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
This course covers the principles, methods and techniques of current bio-organic chemistry with emphasis on modern synthetic and analysis methods applied to biological molecules, a molecular based approach to structure recognition, and an introduction to molecular modelling and drug design.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580, CHEM*3750
CHEM*4880 Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
Selected topics in advanced physical chemistry. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): (CHEM*2820 or PHYS*3240), (CHEM*3860 or PHYS*3230)
CHEM*4900 Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Project I S,F,W (0-9) [0.75]
Research project and seminar in chemistry and biochemistry. This course is designed to provide senior undergraduates with an opportunity to conduct research in an area of chemistry or biochemistry. Students must make arrangements with both a faculty supervisor and the course coordinator prior to registration. Students cannot choose a supervisor with whom they already have research experience in another capacity (e.g. a summer research position). Students should note that most projects are of two semesters' duration, and should plan their studies on the expectation that they will also register in CHEM*4910 in a subsequent semester.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits in chemistry or biochemistry including 1.50 credits from BIOC*3570, BIOC*4540, (CHEM*3430 or CHEM*3450), CHEM*3640, CHEM*3650, CHEM*3760, CHEM*3870
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.
CHEM*4910 Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Project II S,F,W (0-9) [0.75]
Research project and seminar in chemistry or biochemistry. Students must make arrangements with both a faculty supervisor and the course coordinator prior to registration.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*4900
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.