Chemistry 112H
Spring 2009

This www site is still very much under construction and will be updated continuously throughout the semester. Some of the topics, along with associated readings and homeworks will be moved.
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Professor Paul S. Weiss
Office: 128 Davey Laboratory
Phone: (814) 865-3693
Instant Messenger: PSWeiss
Office Hours: Drop in or by appointment
Send e-mail to Paul

Aministrative Assistant: Steve Bumbarger
Office: 128 Davey Laboratory (also about to change!)
Phone: (814) 865-7817
AIM: catsman4

Grader: Hillary Grube
Phone: (717) 823-3653 (cell)
AIM: BluelikeRed

Assistant: Moonhee Kim
Phone: (814) 863-8220
AIM: moonhee219

Our Demonstrator: Phil Stemple
Office 12 Osmond (at the front of the lecture hall)
Phone: (814) 865-5542

We will have excellent guest lecturers. Stay tuned.


While we will use Chemistry: The Central Science, by Brown, LeMay and Burnstein, 10th edition, we will also use much supplementary material and www links.

Learning in Chem 112H

This is an exciting course for many reasons. We are able to cover many of the highlights of chemistry in a relatively informal way. This introduction is meant to guide you through many future years of scientific thinking and discussion, citizenship, and possibly even more chemistry.

Much of what you learn, you will learn on your own or from each other. This will allow us greater latitude in class. For instance, nearly every Friday class will be a discussion. If you have topics to discuss and know in advance, let us (instructors and classmates) know so that we can prepare for a higher level discussion.

While we will cover everything in the regular (Chem 112) version of this course, we will do it much faster (!) in order to allow us to pursue many other additional topics. This will require a great deal of work on your part. Please be prepared for it and budget the time for it. Anticipate that the lectures, the readings, and the homeworks will be complementary rather than overlapping. You will be responsible for the material from all of these sources. Similarly, your participation in class is required both for discussions and for the education of your classmates and professor. There is little that we plan to say that is so critical that a good classroom discussion would not be preferable.

Unlike other general chemistry classes, we will cover how it is that we know what we think we do and how we test that understanding. We will develop an understanding of what experiments and theory are required to answer fundamental chemical and scientific questions.

Some chemtouristic sites to visit:

Chemistry's contribution to humanity an ongoing IUPAC project. CRC Handbook Online (you must be logged in through Penn State or another subscribing institution to use this link)
The Elements.
Using SciFinder Scholar at Penn State
How a scanning electron microscope works.
Whole brain atlas.
View biological molecules at NIH's Molecules R Us.
Enzymes -- 3D Views and related links.
Scanning probe microscopy (our research) discussion. See my group's main web page and associated links.
Natural radioactivity and other links.
Feynman Lecture: "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom"
Energy conversions and Physical Constants from NIST
Stereo images at the exploratorium.
Some chemistry demos on video

Seminars in the Eberly College of Science.

Monday 12 January 2009 (Including appearances by: Hillary Grube & Moonhee Kim)
Measurements of Single Molecules in Biology and Chemistry I

Wednesday 14 January 2009
Measurements of Single Molecules in Biology and Chemistry II

HW Due:
Find a recent (2008 or later) journal article from Science or Nature that discusses single-molecule measurements.
Provide a summary of the article in ca. 10 sentences. Discuss the goals of the work and the technique(s) used.
Attach a copy of the article to the homework.

Write and answer your own homework problem, as described in class.

Friday 16 January 2009

Acids & Bases I

Read: Chapter 15, Sections 4.2-4, 16.1-2

HW Due: 4.26, 28, 30, 32, 38, 46, 52, 15.1-2, 12
Find a recent (2007 or later) journal article from Science or Nature that discusses some aspects of genomics.
Provide a summary of the article in ca. 30 sentences (this will be reduced if we have <30 students at the 14 January class). Discuss the goals of the work and the technique(s) used.
Attach a copy of the article to the homework.

Decide on a favorite energy unit.
In this unit give an estimate of or the range for:
Visible photon energy
Typical chemical bond energy
Ionization potential of one common element
Also find the energy range for UV-A and UV-B light

Draw an energy level diagram for:
Compare the sensitivity and specificity of each.

Write and answer your own homework problem, as described in class.

Monday 19 January 2009
No class!

Work diligently on the homework that is due Wednesday. There is a lot of it! NIST Optical Tweezers Page including the Adhesion Movie

Wednesday 21 January 2009
Acids & Bases II & III

Project: Select your element for the poster and paper (from a hat!).

NIST Optical Tweezers Page including the Adhesion Movie

Mass spectroscopy Tutorial (replacing a broken link).
Mass spectroscopy and some others, too, including nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr).

Read: Sections 16.3-7, 17.1 (common ion effect), 17.2-3 (buffers & titrations), 7.1-5 (periodicity)

HW: 16.1, 15-20, 23-26, 28, 29, 40, 43-46, 69-74, 77-80, 83-85, 88, 90, 92, 101
17.6, 13-18 (common ion effect & buffers)
Jenna's extra problem for you!
Allison's famous cheese problem

What region of the spectrum (give both energy and wavelength ranges are useful for:
Core-level spectroscopies (e.g. X-ray fluorescence discussed in class)
Valence shell spectroscopies
Vibrational spectroscopies
Rotational spectroscopies

What color is table salt when: in a flame, in a shaker, or spread lightly on a table or piece of paper? Why?

Find an article on fluorescence published since 1 January 2002 in an archival journal. Give the full citation including: Author list, journal, volume, page number, and year. Write ca. five sentences describing what the authors were trying to learn. Your article must be printed (whether or not you capture or read it electronically).
Once again, try starting with the top journals like Science and Nature, but others are acceptable.

Find an article that uses mass spectrometry as a key technique (other techniques can be used as well, but be sure that this is one where the mass spectrometry results matter to the conclusions of the paper) published since 1 January 2002 in an archival journal. Give the full citation including: Author list, journal, volume, page number, and year. Write ca. five sentences describing what the authors were trying to learn. Your article must be printed (whether or not you capture or read it electronically).
Once again, try starting with the top journals like Science and Nature, but others are acceptable.

Explain the relative acid strengths of:
H2SO4 vs. H2SO3 and
H2SO4 vs. H2SeO4
Problems: 16.69-74, 77-80, 83-85, 88, 90
Also, your own problem as always (and I am going to stop listing it now).

Check out Prof. Will Castleman's work, including solvation in clusters.

Conversation with George Whitesides.
Conversation with Lee Hood.

>Friday 23 January 2009

Acids & Bases II & III, cont. & Mass Spectrometry

Project: Select your element for the poster and paper (from a hat!).

Prof. David Pratt and his group at the University of Pittsburgh studies conformational changes of molecules by determining moments of inertia using rotational spectroscopy, as we described in class.

Prof. Will Castleman and his group at Penn State made the measurements of solvated protons that we discussed (and others that we will!).

Acids & Bases Reading: Sections 16.8-11, 17.1
HW: 16.46-60 even, 65-68, 94, 98, 99
Also, your own problem as described in class.

Monday 26 January 2009

Buffers and Titrations, Solubility
Acid Strength vs. Structure

Read: Sections 17.4-6
HW: 7.12, 14, 16, 23, 26, 35, 40, 52, 58, 64, 68, 69
17.19, 22, 24, 26, 27, 37-39, 41

Start researching your elements!
Focus on ONE topic that is related to the element chosen in the life sciences.
Remember that your presentation time is only four minutes for your poster, so you need to have a single take-away message.

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Periodic Trends

Read: 7.5-7, 4.2, 17.6-7
Hallie's solubility problem, and
Jenna's pH problem.
How are the following measured quantitatively: ionization energy, electron affinity?
(This latter problem will be graded in addition to the normal homework.)<

How to make Paul jealous

Friday 30 January 2009
Finish Periodic Trends
Discussion Class

Monday 2 February 2009


Go over your poster topic with me by AIM or email or after class.
Even better, if you can, turn in your preliminary versions of your poster abstracts and I will give you feedback on them. Turn in paper draft of abstract to Paul for feedback. (Do not forget to make up a problem.)

Wednesday 4 February 2009
Measurements of Periodic Properties
Read: Sections 19.1-3
HW: 17.47-49, 52, 55, 58, 51-63, 65, 67, 68, 100, 103

How are the following measured quantitatively: covalent & ionic radii?
(These latter problems will be graded in addition to the normal homework.)
Also, have another go at measuring: ionization energy, electron affinity, if you were not happy with your answers for Monday.

HW: First draft of Elements abstract due if you have not already turned it in. Follow template if possible, but not required at this point.

Friday 6 February 2009
Diffraction Discussion

The diffraction demo is from a visitor we had at Penn State: Prof. Amand Lucas, of Namur, Belgium.
He prepared it for a TV show on How X-rays Cracked the Structure of DNA. An elegantly simple optical diffraction demonstration with an inexpensive laser pointer is used to show the way in which x-rays can reveal the structure of crystals in particular the double helix structure of DNA.

Revealing the Backbone Structure of B-DNA from Laser Optical Simulations of Its X-ray Diffraction Diagram, A. A. Lucas, Ph. Lambin, R. Mairesse, and M. Mathot, Journal of Chemical Education 76, 378 (1999).

Monday 9 February 2009

Thermodynamics I:
Spontaneity, Enthalpy, Entropy

Read: Sections 19.4-7

HW: 19.1, 9, 10, 13, 34, 36
From a table (cite the table from an archival, not web-only, source): find the C-C bond distances for single, double, and triple bonds.
Give the C-C single, double, and triple bond spacings for a specific molecules for each (say which molecules and cite your sources).
Final poster abstracts due by 5 PM!

Download template here (right click and use SaveAs).
Rename it YourName112H1abs.html

Fill in the title, name, element, and abstract sections, then email to Paul & Steve by clicking here and including the file as an attachment.

Tuesday 10 February 2009

POSTER PRINTING INFO (in pdf format))
Please try to mail your poster to Jackie by Tuesday 10 February, if at all possible. You must do this if she is going to print your poster for Friday class. Her email address is:

Wednesday 11 February 2009 (Guest Lecturers: Moonhee Kim and Hillary Grube; Paul is in Ventura, CA)
Problem Session

HW: 19.46-58, 55, 56, 58-61, 69, 72, 73, 77
From the conversion of temperature (in K) to your favorite energy units, derive the gas constant.

Friday 13 February 2009
Thermodynamics III & Electrochemistry I

First Posters

Sunday 15 February 2009

600 PM Elements of Life Poster session -- 2nd Floor Osmond/Davey overpass.
You will have four minutes to present followed by one to two minutes of discussion.

A few thoughts:
Keep a single focus.
Practice your presentation out loud! Work through rough spots repeatedly (memorize words if necessary).
Props and assistants are ok, if justified by your presentation.
Use large, readable fonts. More detail can be in your presentation than on your poster.

Pizza provided.

An example elements poster, as requested, from John McManigle of the Chem 13H '05 class.
Grade sheet we will use (pdf).

Mn Chris Michalak
Cu Kevin Swanson
Fe (use) Steven Klara
Fe (storage) Keri Wolfe
K Danielle Norcini
Na Lauren Grunenwald
Sr Michelle Guignet
Li Erin Lathrop
C1 Matt Kapelenski
F Adrian Smith
I Katie Johnson
Si Norert Lazor
Ti Sarah Hill
Ca Nick Holmes
Mg Anne Sheldrake
Tc* Alexander Chinchilli
Ba Meghan Christie
Gd Jack Williams
Xe Nyiramugisha Niyibizi
3H Chris Daly
Zn Lynn Ngyen
S Andy Schaefer
Hg Rachel Dzombak
Pb Samir Patel
Se Kelly Corcoran
Ni Josh Laughner
Pt Rachel Lengerich
Co Meryn Robinson
B Eddie Pinkevitch
Gamma Syndney Shaw
Cr Gillian Love
As Todd Cline
Sn Jacob Yousef
Ag Ce Zhang

Note that the order will change!

Elements of Life Poster session abstracts will be here
Chemical & Engineering News Essays on the Elements

Monday 16 February 2009

Read: Oxidation Numbers pp. 137-139, 318, and 20.1-4

Kir's Annie Oakley problem.

Wednesday 18 February 2009

Read: 20.5-9

HW: 20.11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22-26, 37, 40
Pick out a recent journal article (try Science or Nature) of keen scientific interest to you and write a 5-10 sentence critical synopsis. Choose a topic that involves chemistry in some way. Attach a copy of the paper.

You may use www resources as a guide, but you must use the archival literature as your source.

Toilet volcano gone awry

Friday 20 February 2009
Self-Assembly Discussion Class

Read Sections 23.1-23.8

HW: 23.7, 18-20, 32, 33

Additional HW: 20.70, 74, 84-86, 91, 93, 97, 105
Assign oxidation states to five molecules or molecular ions, each containing at least three different elements.
Erica's elemental problem.

Monday 23 February 2009
Metallurgy I

Wednesday 25 February 2009

HW: Describe one enzyme and one therapeutic reagent utilizing a complexed transition metal. Explain in one paragraph for each what it does and where it operates.
Suzanne's carbon monoxide problem.

How is the speed of light measured?

Friday 27 February 2009

Discussion TBA

Read: 24.1-6

HW: Show energy level diagrams for the filling of the d orbitals for d0-d10 octahedral complexes. Show which electron numbers can have high and low spin complexes and show both the high and low spin electron configurations.

Tom Mallouk's Fuel Cell Problems:
1) Calculate the Carnot efficiency of a H2/O2 engine operating at:
a) T1 = 200 °C
b) T2 = 500 °C

2) What is the maximum possible efficiency of a H2/O2 fuel cell running at 25 °C (=298 K)?

3) a) Balance the steam reforming reactions for coal (mostly C) and oil (assume it is C8H18) for the products H2 and CO2
b) How many moles of H2 do you get per mole of CO2 produced in each case? c) Use the thermochemical tables (back of book) to determine how many kJ of energy you get per mole of C, assuming the H2 is used in a fuel cell at 0.8 V.

4) Write the balanced half reactions for a fuel cell that runs on natural gas (CH4).

5) What is the Eo for this natural gas cell?
compound deltaGfo (kJ/mol)
CH4(g) -50.8
CO2(g) -394.4
H2O(l) -273.1 (-237.1, as corrected your classmate)

6) What fraction of the available free energy is lost by reforming the CH4 + H2? How does it affect Eo for the cell?

7) Repeat the calculation for methanol (CH3OH), deltaGfo = -166.2 (CH3OH can be made from renewables (wood, etc.)).

8) What is the available free energy per mole of carbon in CH4 and CH3OH (relevant to the production of CO2 greenhouse gas)?
Repeat the calculation for coal (C) and oil (CH2).

Monday 2 March 2009
Exam I Review
Bring questions/problems
Here is a pdf of a previous midterm exam.

Special Review Session (Hillary Grube)
Exam Review

Wednesday 4 March 2009
Exam I

Friday 6 March 2009
Optional Demonstration Class
in which in previoua years:
Ashley set off a string of H2 balloons (still),
Patrick lay gun cotton across his arm (still),
Hillary made gummy worms, and
Liz handily won the nylon rope competition.

Papers Due (see requirements below).

9-13 March 2009
Enjoy Spring Break!

Monday 16 March 2009
Go Over Exam
Descriptive Chemistry I: Hydrogen & Oxygen

Wednesday 18 March 2009
Descriptive Chemistry II: Carbon, Nitrogen, and Noble Gases

What question should have been asked on the exam but was not? (other than energy unit conversions)
(This is your creative question unless you did not turn one in on Monday.)

Friday 20 March 2009 (Guest Lecturer Prof. Scott Phillips)
Discussion: Measurements for Third-World Medicine

Read the three articles handed out on Wednesday and be prepared to discuss them.

Technology Review discussion of paper diagnostics as one of the top ten emerging technologies in the world.

Monday 23 March 2009 (Guest Lecturer: Dr. Shelley Claridge)

Quantum Mechanics I

Read: 22.7-9 (nonmetals)

HW: 22.55-58, 61-65, 68-70 (nonmetals)

Wednesday 25 March 2009 (Guest Lecturer: Dr. Shelley Claridge)
Quantum Mechanics II

Friday 27 March 2009
More Carbon and Fullerenes

Read: 22.1-6 (nonmetals)

HW: 22.15-17, 20-26, 31, 41-45, 50-52 (nonmetals)
Where do the values for terrestrial abundances of the elements originate, how are they estimated, and what do they estimate?

Monday 30 March 2009
Kinetics I

Abstracts for second posters due. Read: 14.1-3 (kinetics)

HW: 14.5, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 26, 27, 32, 33 (kinetics)

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Kinetics II

A video of the clock reaction.

Read: 14.4-5

HW: 14.36-39, 42, 43, 48, 50, 52, 54, 55
Choose a metal that was not discussed in the poster sessions (no transuranium elements without prior permission).
In one page or less:
1) Identify its source (location, chemical identity, impurities).
2) Describe how it is collected.
3) Describe how it is reduced (if required).
4) Describe how it is purified.
5) Find out how much it costs as elemental metal.

Friday 3 April 2009
Nuclear Chemistry I

You should have already read Chapter 14. Please review it for class.

HW: Find a paper on nanoscience from the years 2004-2009 that is in one of the following journals: Science, Nature, or Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
(Hint: if you saw a paper you liked, do a citation search on it.)
Provide a summary of the article in ca. 10 sentences. Discuss the goals of the work and how the measurements were performed. What techniques were used and how?
Attach a copy of the article to the homework.
NSF Fullerene Blurb.
Rick Smalley's www page at Rice University.
Lieber Group Page at Harvard.

Links of interest:
National Nanotechnology Homepage
National Nanotechnology infrastructure Network

Sunday 5 April 2009
600 PM Frontiers of Materials Poster session -- 2nd Floor Osmond/Davey overpass (if the weather cooperates, we will move outside for the earlier posters).
As before, you will have four minutes to present followed by one to two minutes of discussion.
Dinner provided. Visitors and alumni welcome.

Stealth Metamaterials Mugisha Niyibizi
Radar-Absorbing Stealth Coatings on Airplanes Todd Cline
Dilatants Adrian Smith
Aerogel Norbert Lazar
Superhydrophobic Polyelectrolyte Layers Keri Wolfe Nanocrystalline Silcon Danielle Norcini
Quantum Dots in Biological Imaging Ce Zhang
Ag Nanoparticles Lynn Nguyen
Ferromagnetic Au Nanoparticles Alexander Chinchilli
Butterfly Wings Meghan Christie
Metal Organic Frameworks Sydney Shaw
Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Rachel Lengerich
Graphene Nick Holmes
Transparent Aluminum (ALON) Chris Michalak
Soliton Waves in Fiber-Optic Cables Meryn Robinson
Blood Vessel Prostheses Anne Sheldrake
Bioceramic Implant Materials Lauren Grunenwald
Polymethylmethacrylate-Based Bone Cement Erin Lathrop
Synthetic Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering of Bone Rachel Dzombak
Drug Delivery with Carbon Nanotubes Matt Kapelewski
Biodegradable Polymer for Drug Delivery Jack Williams
Pyrolitic Carbon Used for Artificial Heart Valve Housings and Leaflets Gillian Love
Biocompatible Skin Graft Materials Michelle Guignet
Enhancing Neuronal Performance with Carbon Nanotubes Samir Patel
Viscoelastic Materials Katie Johnson
Blocking Magnetism with Mu-Metal Steve Klara Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Kelly Corcoran
Nanostructured Solar Cells Andy Schaefer
Nanodiamonds Jacob Yousef
Molecular Beacons Chris Daly
Bose-Einstein Condensates Josh Laughner

Carbon Nanotubes for Artificial Muscles Kevin Swanson
Green Explosives and Demolitions Eddie Pinkevitch
Spider Silk Sarah Hill

Monday 6 April 2009
Nuclear Chemistry I

Wednesday 8 April 2009
Nuclear Chemistry II

Links on reaction dynamics:
1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Friday 10 April 2009 (Guest Lecturer Will Hancock?)
Biomolecular Motor Discussion

Monday 13 April 2009 (Guest Lecturer Tom Mallouk)
Fuel Cell Discussion

Read: 21.4-6

HW: 21.32-37, 42, 45, 48, 49

Wednesday 15 April 2009
Nuclear Chemistry III

Do any isotopes undergo both positron emission and electron capture (i.e., one or the other with finite probability)? If so, give an example with the half-lives for each process.

Go through all the known isotopes (or at least 10, if there are too many) of a particular element with Z>20. List which are stable. List the decay pathways and half-lives of those that are not.

Allison's problem with Matt (that does not sound right, hmmm).

Friday 17 April 2009
Enzyme Discussion, cont.

Read: Sections 21.7-8
HW: 21.28-30, 39, 40, 43 , 46, 47

Monday 20 April 2009
Soft Lithography

Control rod configuration, as discussed in class.
Also, check this out!

Schedule your final exam! Available dates:
Thursday 30 April, Friday 1 May, Saturday 2 May, Monday 4 May, Tuesday 5 May, Wednesday 6 May (only selected weekend times are possible)

Wednesday 22 April 2009, 1230 PM, 102 Chemistry

Please attend:
Priestley Lecture by alumnus Chad Mirkin of Northwestern University:
Anisotropic Nanostructure: Building Valency into Nanoparticles

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Chemical Patterning and Nanostructures, cont.
Write 3-5 sentence descriptions (each) of articles from the last three years (from Science, Nature, PNAS, or another major journal) that employ:
1) Green fluorescent protein (or an analogue) - how was this protein used?
2) Polymerase chain reaction - what DNA/RNA was amplified and why?

Thursday 23 April 2009, 430 PM, 100 Life Sciences, Berg Auditorium
Please attend:
Priestley Lecture by alumnus Chad Mirkin of Northwestern University:
Programming Materials Synthesis with DNA: Applications in Biology and Medicine

Friday 24 April 2009, 1230 PM, 102 Chemistry
Please attend:
150th Anniversary of Chemistry Department
Talks by Profs. Ayusman Sen, Tom Mallouk, Harry Allcock, and Paul Weiss.

Friday 24 April 2009
Course Review I

Monday 27 April 2009
Course Review II
Course Review I

Listen to one of these four lectures:
Prof. Angela Belcher, MIT: From nature and back again: Giving new life to materials for energy
Prof. George Whitesides, Harvard: Nanotechnology in adolescence
Prof. Vicki Colvin, Rice: Nanotechnology in the environment: Safety by design
Prof. James Hutchison, University of Oregon: Greener nanoscience: A proactive approach to advancing applications and reducing implications of nanotechnology

Write a 5-10 sentence summary of the key points and find two or more key papers related to those (Give their complete citations including author lists and titles.
HW: Write a 5-10 sentence description of the function of an enzyme that we did not cover in class or posters. You may include mechanism and structure as appropriate.

Wednesday 29 April 2009
Food Chemistry & Addiction Discussion? + SRTEs
HW: Summarize in 5-10 sentences the most important thing you learned this semester. Find a related literature reference that goes beyond our discussion. Prepare and answer a question on it.

Come up with three research groups of interest to you at Penn State. List them and give one or two sentences describing what each do in terms of scientific goals and techniques used.

Thursday 30 April 2009
Hillary's Course Review

Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

215 PM Lauren Grunenwald
3 PM Steve Klara
4 PM Katie Johnson
5 PM Kevin Swanson

Friday 1 May 2009
Final Review and Discussion: What Do We Want to be Able to Measure?

Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

1115 AM Jacob Yousef
1 PM Andy Schaefer
145 PM Norbert Lazar

Expect the exam to take ca. 45 min.

2007 Demos:
Catalytic degradation of H2O2 by MnO2 movie | Thermite movie 1 | Thermite movie 2 | Last balloon of the year movie As announced, if you received less than 85% of the homework points, your final exam will be a rigorous test of general chemistry with special emphasis on the homework that you missed!

Saturday 2 May 2009
Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

3 PM Josh Laughner
4 PM Meghan Christie
445 PM Anne Sheldrake
530 PM Kelly Corcoran

Sunday 3 May 2009
Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

115 PM Sarah Hill
2 PM Lynn Nguyen
3 PM Chris Michalak
345 PM Keri Wolfe

Monday 4 May 2009
Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

920 AM Erin Lathrop
1015 AM Mugisha Niyibizi
11 AM Meryn Robinson
145 PM Chris Daly
230 PM Gillian Love
330 PM Matt Kapelewski
430 PM Todd Cline
515 PM Nick Holmes

Tuesday 5 May 2009
Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

920 AM Jack Williams
1015 AM Adrian Smith
11 AM Rachel Lengerich
1 PM Danielle Norcini
145 PM Ce Zhang
245 PM Sydney Shaw
330 PM Michelle Guignet
415 PM Samir Patel
5 PM Rachel Dzombak

Wednesday 6 May 2009
Individual Oral Final Exams
Held in 128 Davey.

1015 AM Alex Chinichilli
1115 AM Eddie Pinkevitch

Suggested Discussion Topics in the Queue
Food Chemistry and nutrition.
Stealth Materials
Fuel cells.

Some Possible Discussion Topics (from previous years)
Addiction and drugs of abuse.
RNA Catalysis.
Nuclear magnetic resonance.
Optical tweezers
Directed assembly of molecules and nanoparticles.
Stem cells.
Organic magnets.
Nuclear magnetic resonance, and magnetic resonance imaging.
Michael Faraday.

Bring in topics to discuss. These can be aligned to the topics we are covering, but do not need to be. If we can discuss them intelligently, we will do so. If not, we will find some references and cover them next week. Every Friday class will work this way.

Already covered
Single-molecule measurements.


1. Class participation: 20%
2. Homework: 10%
3. Paper and poster presentation of researched topic (elements of life -- specific elements will be assigned in class): 20% (10% each)

Paper Requirements:
The paper should be approximately 10 pages in length, double spaced (double spacing is important to leave room for my comments) in a 12 point font, with 1" margins all around. The paper should include figures and complete references (not www references). The figures will not count in the length. Please take into account the comments that you get from your presentation in preparing your paper.
4. One in-class exam (1 hr) and one poster on materials: 30% (15% each)
Note that pre-approved make-up or conflict exams will be oral exams. No paper is required for this second poster. 5. Oral final exam: 20%
If you received less than 85% of the homework points, your final exam will be a rigorous test of general chemistry with special emphasis on the homework that you missed!
Note that my ability to give oral final exams depends upon having 30 or fewer students in the class by the end of the semester.

TOTAL: 100%

All Penn State policies ( regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course.

Homework requirements.

27 April 2009