Chemistry 465/467 Syllabus

Fall 1996
CHEM 465/467
Advanced Spectroscopy

Dr. S.E. Van Bramer
Kirkbride 405
Office Hours
Mon 9:00-9:50
Mon 2:00-3:00
Wed 3:00-3:50
Thu 11:00-11:50
Fri 8:00-8:50

  1. Textbook

    Reading Materials for this course will come from the chemical literature and specialized handouts. Articles will be provided. Additional references are on reserve in the Library and may be checked out overnight. These include:
    • Griffiths, P. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry QD96.I5.G743.1986
    • McLafferty, F.W. Interpretation of Mass Spectra QC454.M3.M39.1993
    • Davis, R. Mass Spectrometry QC96.M3.D38.1987
    • Abraham, R.J. Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy QD96.N8.A27.1988
    • Sanders, J. Modern NMR Spectroscopy; A Guide for Chemists QD96.N8.S24.1993

  2. Goal of Course

    In this course you will learn how to use several different advanced spectroscopy techniques to obtain chemical information. The techniques used; FT-IR, FT-NMR, and GC/MS are the most powerful tools available for probing chemical systems. You will learn about the fundamental principals and study the experiments used with these techniques. This will include reading journal articles, lectures, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments.
  3. Cheating and Plagiarism:

    Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated and are grounds for FAILURE in the course. When in doubt about what is acceptable, ask the instructor. You will do some work in small groups and interaction is strongly encouraged in this setting. You, however, are ultimately responsible for the material. Working together on homework problems is acceptable, but you must reference other people's ideas. Exams and Lab reports must be your own work. For additional information read "What is Plagiarism"
  4. Schedule:

    The class is scheduled for Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00. Typically we will have 1 hour of lecture and then 3 hours of laboratory time. On some days this will vary to accomidate experiments or lectures.
  5. Attendance:

    You are expected to attend lecture and lab sections. Lecture will supplement the reading and a significant amount of time is spent working problems and answering questions.
  6. Grading:

    +/- grades are used.

    Your grade for lecture (CHEM 465) is based upon performance on the following:

    1. 1 Take home exam 100 pts
    2. 1 Fianl Exam 100 pts
    3. Homework Problems 200 pts

    Your grade for lab (CHEM 467) is based upon performance on the following:

    1. Lab Reports 20 pts each

  7. Office Hours:

    I will be available in my office during scheduled office hours. Any changes in these hours will be posted on my office door and on the Web site. At other times I am happy to help you, if I have time. Feel free to call and make an appointment if you need extra help. You are strongly encouraged to ask questions and seek help early. This course is challenging, when you do not understand something ask.
  8. VOH:

    Virtual Office Hours. The VOH project is another way for you to communicate with your instructor. You should check this site regularly. You may submit questions, view questions submitted by other students, view previous questions and their answers, and read course announcements. The more this is used, the more useful it will be for everyone.
  9. E-Mail:

    Each student is responsible for establishing an e-mail account at the beginning of the semester. This may be done at the Academic Computing Serices office, ACN room 200 (go in the north doors). This account allows you to communicate with other students in the class and send questions. I check my account often (including evenings and weekends) and will respond as soon as possible. I will frequently post information to the class via e-mail. You are responsible for checking your e-mail.
  10. WWW:

    Supplementary course material is posted on the WWW This may be accessed from any of the student computer labs on campus (ACN, Wolfgram Library, and Kirkbride 400). In addition, you will be given keys to the Chemistry Computer Lab in KB 405. These computers are specially configured to run all of the software used for this course. This information is EXTREMELY valuable and you should take advantage of this resource by checking the site on a regular basis. The resources here will include; lecture notes, solutions to homework problems, solutions to problem sets, links to interesting sources on the Web, handouts, reading guides, and anything else that I think of. Spend some time using this site and becoming familiar with the resources available.

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Scott Van Bramer
Department of Chemistry
Widener University
Chester, PA 19013

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