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Teaching

For each course that I teach, a web site is created at https://ublearns.buffalo.edu. The syllabus, announcements, homework assignments, and additional course material are available for download at UBLearns. You need a valid UB IT login name and password, and be enrolled as a student, in order to access the course web pages. Registered students get enrolled as student participants for the course at UBLearns one week before classes start.

CHE 319 (Physical Chemistry I, Fall 2012)

Thermodynamics & kinetics. Part I of the usual 2-semester Physical Chemistry sequence for Chemistry majors. I taught this course for 2/3 of the semester after a colleague went on medical leave.

CHE 320 (Physical Chemistry II, Spring 2012/16)

Introductory quantum theory for chemists. Part II of the usual 2-semester Physical Chemistry sequence for Chemistry majors. You can download the syllabus from a previous year here.

CHE 329 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Fall 2010/11/12/13/14)

CHE 329 is the main undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory course (2 credits). You can download the syllabus from a previous year here.

CHE 334 (Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers, Fall 2012/15/16)

Introductory quantum theory, principles of spectroscopy, and some computational chemistry. You can download the 2016 syllabus here.

CHE 349 (Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences, Fall 2005/6/7/8/9):

CHE 349 is a one-semester all-in-one physical chemistry course designed for students of the life sciences. Chemical and physical equilibria, reaction kinetics, enzyme kinetics, protein structure determination, spectroscopic methods applied to problems in bio-sciences, and other topics. Follow this link for a description of the physical origin of optical activity as it is presented in this course. Applications to biomolecules are discussed in class, based on the textbook examples by Tinoco and Sauer. You can download the syllabus from a previous year here.

CHE 506/458 (Quantum Chemistry, Spring 2004/5/6/10):

The focus of this course is on the foundations of the molecular orbital model and its applications in chemistry. The course includes several computational exercises with a quantum chemistry program. You can download the syllabus from a previous year here.

CHE 512: A three-unit selection of special topics mini courses in physical chemistry (Fall 2004/6):

Topics:

  1. Theory and computation of NMR parameters
  2. Time dependent properties, absorption spectra, optical activity
  3. Introductory band structure theory

Each course unit consists of a 5-week lecture series, one homework assignment with ‘paper & pencil’ problem sets to get familiar with the theoretical background, and one computational exercise where we apply what we learned to a ‘real-life’ problem. For units A and B we use a quantum chemistry program for molecules to study and analyze NMR parameters and optical activity for small organic molecules. In unit C, we use the Stuttgart LMTO program package to carry out band structure calculations for metals, semi-metals and insulators. There are detailed syllabi for each unit available. An overview of the 3-unit course can be downloaded here.

CHE 512: Calculating spectroscopic properties, photochemistry (Spring 2011)

Response theory ‘for the rest of us’, with applications to electronic spectra and NMR. Basic aspects of photochemistry. You can download the syllabus from a previous year here.

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