Warren Wilson College Catalog 06-07

Go to the current College Catalog

Courses in Chemistry (CHM)

CHM 105 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry 4cr

This course builds a foundation for work in the chemical and environmental sciences. Topics include air and water pollution, global warming, and ozone depletion. Exploration of these topics in lecture and lab provides practice in chemical problem solving involving moles as well as an introduction to atomic and molecular structure.
Triad: Natural Science

CHM 116 General Chemistry I 5cr

Provides a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry for science majors. Assumes a working knowledge of high school algebra and chemistry. Subject areas are atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, introductory thermodynamics, an introduction to organic chemistry, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, reaction rates, and equilibria. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite:CHM 105 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry or permission of instructor.

CHM 117 General Chemistry II 5cr

Provides a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry for science majors. Assumes a working knowledge of high school algebra and chemistry. Subject areas are atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, introductory thermodynamics, an introduction to organic chemistry, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, reaction rates, and equilibria. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite:CHM 105 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry or permission of instructor.

CHM 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I 4cr

Provides a basic understanding of the structure and function of organic molecules with emphasis on biological implications. Topics include principles of structure and bonding, organic nomenclature, stereochemistry, and substitution and elimination reactions. The lab includes purification, extraction of natural products, synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy. Modern instrumentation is used extensively. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science or College Composition II.
Prerequisite:CHM 117 General Chemistry II or permission of instructor.

CHM 226 Organic Chemistry II 5cr

The common organic mechanisms will be carefully explored. The chemistry of alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, and aromatic substances is discussed. In the laboratory standard organic preparations will be carried out: including the Grignard Reaction, the Fischer esterification, and electrophilic aromatic substitutions. Students will identify and prove the structures of unknowns. Modern instrumentation will be used extensively. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite:CHM 225 Organic Chemistry I.

CHM 240 Inorganic Chemistry 4cr * (2004-05)

An introduction to the chemistry of silicon, phosphorus, and the transition metals, emphasizing the practical and the biological implications of this knowledge. The nomenclature of the transition metals is studied, as are the three bonding theories. Laboratory exercises will involve the preparation and characterization of transition metal complexes. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite:CHM 117 General Chemistry II.

CHM 290-298 Special Topics in Chemistry 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Chemistry. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

CHM 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry 5cr

Applies chemical principles to practical measurements. Stresses equilibrium calculations and statistical analysis. Theories of acid-base, complexation and electrochemistry are developed and applied in the laboratory to measure agricultural products, drugs, environmental pollution, etc. Gas and liquid chromatography and several types of spectrophotometry are also used. A lab fee is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisites:CHM 117 General Chemistry II and MAT 150 Precalculus.

CHM 331 Thermodynamics: Physical Chemistry I 4cr * (2007-08)

The first and second laws of thermodynamics are treated in detail, and the four thermodynamic functions derived from them are considered. These functions are used to study the collegiate properties of solutions, phase equilibria in multi-component systems, and ionic equilibria in electrochemical systems. Chemistry majors are required to register for the integrated laboratory course CHM 333 Physio-Chemical Measurements I, which is offered concurrently.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisites:CHM 117 General Chemistry II, MAT 241 Calculus I, and PHY 251 Physics I, all with a grade of C or higher.

CHM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics 4cr * (2007-08)

Quantum mechanics is introduced through the principles of wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation. Applications involve the hydrogen atom, molecular orbitals, molecular spectra, and computer simulation. Calculus is employed to study the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisites:MAT 242 Calculus II, PHY 252 Physics II, competency with computers, or permission of instructor.

CHM 333 Physio-Chemical Measurements 1cr * (2007-08)

Gas phase behavior, phase equilibria for pure substances and mixtures, equilibria in chemical reactions, and spectrometry are examined. Chemistry majors are required to register for the integrated laboratory course CHM 331 Thermodynamics: Physical Chemistry I, which is offered concurrently.
Prerequisites:CHM 117 General Chemistry II, MAT 241 Calculus I, and PHY 251 Physics I, all with a grade of C or higher.

CHM 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

CHM 445-449 Advanced Studies in Chemistry 1-4cr

Provides the opportunity to become involved in the actual conduct of science. The student works very closely with a faculty advisor and is able to choose a project, conduct a literature search, design the experiment, conduct the experimental work, and summarize the results in a written report. Because this experience is so valuable, students are encouraged to begin this research project in the junior year.
Prerequisite:Since advanced studies are designed and carried out with the aid of a staff member, the student must consult with appropriate staff member before registering for the course.

CHM 450 Advanced Environmental Chemistry 4cr

Introduces advanced concepts in atmospheric chemistry, hydrological chemistry and geochemistry. One-half of the course will focus on atmospheric topics such as evolution of the atmosphere, photochemical smog, combustion, particles, and remediation. A laboratory project and topic paper are required. p Natural Science
Prerequisites:MAT 241 Calculus I and CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry.

CHM 490-498 Special Topics in Chemistry 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Chemistry. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

CHM 499 Independent Study 1-4cr