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Current Chemistry Courses

1A03 | 1AA3 | 1E03 | 1R03
2A03 | 2AA3 | 2E03 | 2II3 | 2LA3 | 2LB3 | 2OA3 | 2OB3 | 2OC3 | 2OD3 | 2PC3 | 2PD3 |2Q03 | 2WW2 |
3A03 | 3BA3 | 3BB3 | 3D03 | 3FF3 | 3I03 | | 3P03 | 3Q03 | 3ZZ3 | 3LI3
4A03 | 4B03 | 4C03 | 4D03 | 4DD3 | 4F03 | 4P03 | 4PP3 | 4Q03 | 4R03 | 4S03 | 4G09

Current Chemical Biology Courses

2A03 | 2L03 | 2P03 | 2Q03| 3OA3 |


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Chemistry 1A03
Introductory Chemistry I
An introduction to inorganic chemistry, molecular structure and thermodynamics. A laboratory provides experience in experimental techniques and accurate measurement. Starting in September 2006, the new textbook for Chem 1A03 will be: General Chemistry: Principles & Modern Applications, by Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, and Madura; 9th Edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall.
Term 1 & summer 1.
Chemistry 1AA3
Introductory Chemistry II
An introduction to equilibrium in the gas phase and solution, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics and organic chemistry. A laboratory provides experience in experimental techniques and accurate measurement. Starting in September 2006, the new textbook for Chem 1AA3 will be: General Chemistry: Principles & Modern Applications, by Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, and Madura; 9th Edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall.
Term 2 & summer 2.
Chemistry 1E03
General Chemistry for Engineering I
An introductory course for Engineering students, emphasizing molecular structure and thermodynamics. A laboratory provides experience in experimental techniques and accurate measurement. Starting in September 2006, the new textbook for Chem 1E03 will be: General Chemistry: Principles & Modern Applications, by Petrucci, Harwood, Herring, and Madura; 9th Edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall.
Term 1 & summer 1.
Chemistry 1R03 General Chemistry
A general introduction to chemistry, suitable for students without OAC / Grade 12 chemistry.
Term 2.

Chemistry 1A03 (or 1E03) and 1AA3 are prerequisites for all Chem 2xx3 courses. Chemistry 1E03 is a prerequisite for Chem 2WW2. Some second year courses are aimed at Chemistry Majors (Major) while others are service courses (Service) for students in other programs. Check the Calendar for specific requirements.

Chemistry 2A03

(Major / Service: Eng.)

Analytical Chemistry I
An introduction to the basic principles of analytical chemistry, with particular emphasis on solution equilibria and classical methods of analysis.
Term 1.

Chemistry 2AA3


Quantitative Chemical Analysis
The art and science of performing quantitative analysis on samples based on classical volumetric techniques and modern instrumental methods including electrochemistry, optical spectroscopy, and chromatography.
Term 1.

Chemistry 2E03
Course Outline(PDF)

(Service: Eng.)

Introductory Organic Chemistry
An introduction to the chemistry of monofunctional aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
Term 1.

Chemistry 2II3


Introductory Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Bonding
The basic theories and models of bonding and structure that explain the combination of elements across the periodic table, with primary emphasis on the main-group elements.
Term 2.

Chemistry 2LA3


Tools for Chemical Discovery I
Selected experiments that introduce and develop the basic techniques and skills of chemical synthesis, characterization and analysis.
Term 1

Chemistry 2LB3


Tools for Chemical Discovery II
Advanced techniques for synthesis and the use of modern instrumentation in chemistry.
Term 2

Chemistry 2OA3 and Chemistry 2OB3 are a sequence of introductory courses in organic chemistry for scientists not majoring in chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the structure of organic compounds and on the reactivity associated with functional groups.

Chemistry 2OA3

(Service: Bio)

Organic Chemistry I
This course deals with the structure and shape of and bonding in organic molecules; the nature and mechanism of simple organic reactions; some fundamental functional groups, primarily those involving only single bonds and isolated C=C double bonds; reactions for the inter-conversion of these functional groups and their mechanisms; techniques for purifying organic compounds; and techniques, primarily spectroscopy, for characterizing organic compounds. The techniques lectures may be offered as a separate series, with one lecture slot per week being used to gradually introduce these concepts over the term. The concepts are reinforced in the laboratory. There is one required lab every two weeks, with required tutorials on alternating weeks. Assignments and recommended problem sets are provided throughout the term. There is an in-class test, a midterm and a final examination.

Chemistry 2OB3

(Service: Bio)

Organic Chemistry II
Bonding. Alkanes, alkyl halides, alkynes, alkenes, and alcohols. Stereochemistry. Reaction intermediates and reaction mechanisms.
Term 2.

Chemistry 2OC3


Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules
Examines how structure affects properties and chemistry of organic molecules important for life, health, and advanced technologies. Fundamentals of organic reaction mechanisms and structure determination.
Term 1

Chemistry 2OD3


Synthesis and Function of Organic Molecules
Survey of fundamental reactions used to construct organic molecules, with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. Introduction to functional group interconversions, and construction of complex organic molecules.
Term 2

Chemistry 2PC3


Mathematical Tools for Chemical Problems
An introduction to vector calculus, differential equations and linear algebra - including solving linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors - motivated by problems of chemical equilibrium and kinetics.
Term 1            

Chemistry 2PD3


Equilibria and Kinetics
Thermodynamics and its application to physical transformations and equilibria. Microscopic and macroscopic aspects of chemical kinetics.
Term 2            

Chemistry 2Q03


Inquiry in Chemistry
An introduction to the tools of inquiry and their use in the investigation of modern issues of chemical and societal importance, with emphasis on central applications of chemistry and the role chemistry plays in addressing problems of societal relevance.

Chemistry 2WW2

(Service: Eng.)

Inorganic Chemistry for Materials Engineers
A description of the basic chemical properties of selected elements of the periodic table (e.g. hydrogen, boron, aluminum, silicon, transition metals). For each element, the topics to be covered include their
natural sources and extraction, their atomic and bonding properties, and the chemical properties of simple inorganic compounds with emphasis on bonding and structural aspects.

Third and fourth year courses are open to all students with the appropriate prerequisites, but are generally aimed at Chemistry majors, unless otherwise noted.

Chemistry 3A03
Course Outline(PDF)
Analytical Chemistry II
An introduction to modern, instrumental methods of analysis.
Term 1.
Chemistry 3BA3
Course Outline(PDF)
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy I
An introduction to quantum chemistry, group theory and symmetry, and vibrational and rotational spectroscopy.
Term 1.
Chemistry 3BB3
Course Outline(PDF)
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy II
An introduction to the electronic structure and spectroscopy of atoms and molecules.
Term 2.
Chemistry 3D03
Course Outline(PDF)
Organic Chemistry
A mechanistically oriented discussion of mono- and polyfunctional organic compounds with emphasis on applications to synthesis.
Term 1.

Chemistry 3FF3
Course Outline

(Service: Bio)

Bio-Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 3FF3 is a study of the organic chemistry of biological molecules, with a special emphasis on carbonyl chemistry. In this course, we will consider the structure, properties and reactivity of biological
molecules. We will also study their synthesis and their roles in biological processes. We will cover NMR as a means of understanding and characterizing molecules.

Chemistry 3I03
Course Outline(PDF)

(Service: Eng.)

Industrial Chemistry


Chemistry 3LI3
Course Outline(PDF)
An experimental chemistry laboratory. Experiments will be selected based on the student's Chemistry Specialization.
Chemistry 3P03
Course Outline(PDF)
The chemistry of the heavier transition elements. An introduction to organometallic chemistry and bio-inorganic chemistry.
Term 2
Chemistry 3Q03
Course Outline(PDF)
The properties, structures and reactions of inorganic compounds with emphasis on transition metal chemistry.
Term 1
Chemistry 3ZZ3
Course Outline(PDF)
Physical Chemistry of Materials
This course is concerned with the characterization of materials, and the microscopic origins for observed properties. The underlying basis for many common properties of materials, including those exploited in commercial applications, will be investigated. The approach involves the introduction and further investigation of a wide range of physical chemistry topics, including statistical thermodynamics. The course is organized according to types of properties, starting with optical properties. Thermal, electromagnetic and mechanical properties follow.
Chemistry 4A03
Course Outline(PDF)
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Two main topics are covered in Chemistry 4A03. The first is an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of physical organic chemistry, a field which is mainly concerned with the determination of the mechanisms of organic reactions and processes using kinetic methods. Specific topics include linear free energy relationships, kinetic isotope effects, and catalysis of organic reactions. The second part of the course consists of a survey of thermal and photochemical pericyclic reactions: 2+2, 3+2, and 4+2 cycloadditions, electrocyclic reactions, sigmatropic rearrangements, and group transfer reactions. The discussion emphasizes the analysis and prediction of organic pericyclic reactions in terms of the conservation of orbital symmetry, frontier molecular orbital theory, and the Mobius-Huckel approach.
Chemistry 4B03
Course Outline(PDF)
Chemical Applications of Spectroscopy
Building upon the student’s knowledge of the basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy from chemistry 3BA3, this course will discuss the principles of microwave, infrared, optical, X-ray and electron spectroscopies, and their applications in chemistry. While the basics are presented in the traditional lecture format, students will carry out one experiment with associated quantum chemical calculations, and give presentations on advanced topics of their own choosing.
Chemistry 4C03
An introduction to Solid-State Chemistry including aspects of crystal chemistry, crystal symmetry and properties of crystalline solids.
Chemistry 4D03
Course Outline(PDF)
Organic Structure and Synthesis
Application of spectroscopic methods to structure determination. Synthetic methodology in organic chemistry
Chemistry 4DD3
Course Outline(PDF)
Mechanistic Biological Chemistry
The course starts by describing the structures and functions of biomolecules, e.g. proteins, carbohydrates and DNA. The formation of these compounds will be covered both in vivo and in vitro. Principles of, and mechanisms for catalysis of reactions by chemical catalysts and enzymes will be compared, with emphasis on learning from chemical models of the biochemical process. Enzyme inhibition and its significance to the pharmaceutical industry will be discussed, as will applications of enzymes in organic synthesis. Other topics may include DNA-binding drugs, catalytic antibodies, co-factor chemistry and biochemistry, and neurotransmission, as time permits. Assignments are provided throughout the term. students make a brief presentation on a topic from the current literature of relevance to the course material. There is an in-class test and a final examination.

Chemistry 4F03
Course Outline(PDF)



Surface Science
"God made solids, but surfaces were the work of the Devil" (Wolfgang Pauli) - This course is about surface science. Students are introduced to the structure and properties of ordered surfaces and methods for their determination. Defects and reactions at surfaces are also discussed. The inclusion of solid-gas and solid-solid interfaces as well as monolayers and thin films will especially benefit students interested in catalysis and electronic materials.
Chemistry 4G09 Senior Thesis
A thesis based on a project under the direction of a Chemistry Department faculty member.

Chemistry 4P03
Course Outline(PDF)

Chemistry 4PP3
Course Outline(PDF)
Polymer Chemistry
This course covers the basic principles of polymer chemistry, from condensation (step-growth) and addition (chain-growth) processes, to living/controlled polymerizations using anionic, cationic and radical processes. It includes discussion of important polymer processes such as emulsion and suspension polymerization, and of key methods for polymer polymerization such as Size Exclusion Polymerization (SEC) and Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization - Time-of-Flight (MALDI-ToF) Mass Spectrometry.
Chemistry 4R03
(New course content in 2008-09, details TBA)

Chemistry 4S03
Course Outline(PDF)


arrowChemical Biology Course Descriptions


Chem Bio 2A03

Introduction to Bio-analytical Chemistry
An introductory course covering basic principles of quantitative analysis of biological samples based on classical volumetric techniques and modern instrumental methods including spectroscopy and chromatography.

Chem Bio 2L03

Chemical Biology Laboratory I
Introduction to the standard tools and techniques employed in Chemical Biology research.

Chem Bio 2P03

Bio-Physical Chemistry
A survey of thermodynamic and kinetic principles and their application to biological and environmental systems.

Chem Bio 2Q03

Inquiry for Chemical Biology
Systematically investigate issues in Chemical Biology while developing skills in formulating and refining questions, searching and analyzing the scientific literature, and written and oral presentation.


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