Chemistry-Study and teaching; Handouts; Stoichiometry; Chemical equilibrium
Introduction. Part II of the handout will apply the approach introduced in Part I to acid-base chemistry. We shall focus on two cases where the application of stoichiometry leads to great simplifications: strong acids which are essentially 100%...
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Gas chromatography; Mass spectrometry
Experiment involving the isolation, concentration, separation and identification of the volatile components of a foodstuff (via headspace analysis, capillary gas chromatography, and mass spectra measurements).
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Molecular spectroscopy; Thermodynamics; Gases
Experiment previously used in the course, meant to introduce the student to molecular spectroscopy and to the molecular parameters and thermodynamic properties which can be obtained by analyzing the vibration-rotation spectrum of gaseous hydrogen...
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Homework; Problem solving
Introduction: Use the approach outlined in the handout "How To Solve Equilibrium Problems" to solve the following problems related to the hydrogenation reaction. Use partial pressure as the concentration unit for the gaseous species.
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Chemical bonds; Transition metals; Molecular orbitals
Introduction. The purpose of this handout is to provide a simple model for the bonding in transition-metal complexes as a framework for understanding and interpreting the most important properties of these complexes. We shall deal mostly with the...
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Handouts; Thermodynamics; Second law of thermodynamics; Chemical equilibrium
Introduction: The First Law of Thermodynamics places important restraints on the path that can be taken by a system but it does not define the path. For example, the First Law does not rule out the possibility of warming oneself by sitting on a...
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Homework; Molecular orbitals; Chemical bonds
Introduction: In class we applied molecular orbital theory to a few simple examples with the goal of understanding the nature of the chemical bond. The qualitative approach is complemented by numerical calculations and the interpretation of these...
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Wilderness areas; Landscapes
Handout on art and the wilderness, with examples of pieces of artwork, an essay by Rebecca Solnit, and material on the Hudson River School. The handout is from the 2006 version of the ID, Critical Inquiry course.
Chemistry-Study and teaching; Spectroscopy, Nuclear magnetic resonance
Experiment previously used in the course and focused on selective irradiation and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), specifically involving homonuclear decoupling and the NOE (nuclear Overhauser enhancement) difference experiment.