Chemistry

What Will Studying Chemistry Look Like in Fall 2020?

In line with the rest of the College, the only course likely to be offered in-person is the First Year Studies courses in Chemistry (FYS: The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life). Because other courses will likely have a mixture of students who are living on-campus, commuting, and participating online, the class meetings will be conducted online via MySLC, Zoom, or another platform. Where possible, individual conferences for students will be conducted in-person. Group conferences for lectures will be conducted online for small cohorts of remote students and in-person where possible for on-campus and commuting students. The topics of discussion covered in classes and conferences will remain the same, regardless of whether students are in person or online.

Traditional lab experiences like those that have existed in previous years will not be possible in the same way in the fall. Here’s how labs will work in Chemistry, along with some other information about this discipline.

  • The General Chemistry lecture will include remote online meetings for class, plus weekly in-person group conferences for resident and commuting students or weekly online group conferences for students who are remote. Labs will be postponed for the fall semester and will resume in the spring semester, circumstances permitting.
  • The Organic Chemistry I course will feature a mix of video presentations, reinforced with readings that students should view and read prior to class. There will be three interactive class meetings each week featuring group discussions and problem solving. All these meetings will be recorded. The lab portion of the course will not be taught in the fall semester. As of now, we plan to offer a two-credit course, Practical Organic Chemistry, in the spring. This course will consist of the lab experiments that usually accompany Organic Chemistry I & II. It should be noted that having a separate lab course is, in fact, standard practice at many large colleges and universities, and meets the entry requirements for medical schools and graduate programs.
  • The Biochemistry course does not have an accompanying lab. This course will also feature a mix of video presentations, reinforced with readings that students should view and read prior to class. The class meetings will consist of group discussions and problem solving, and will be recorded for students unable to join during regular meeting times.
  • In order to facilitate distance-learning, both Organic Chemistry I and Biochemistry will have weekly individual conferences in addition to the class meetings.

As of now, the Summer Science Program for 2021 is expected to proceed as normal. Information and applications regarding internship and externship opportunities for research in science and mathematics will be made available towards the end of the fall and beginning of the spring semester. Advising for our pre-professional programs (pre-health and Columbia combined Engineering plan) will continue to be provided to students in-person or online.

Further questions regarding any of the 2020-21 academic year plans should be directed to the appropriate faculty.


Chemistry seeks to understand our physical world on an atomic level. This microscopic picture uses the elements of the periodic table as building blocks for a vast array of molecules, ranging from water to DNA. But some of the most fascinating aspects of chemistry involve chemical reactions, where molecules combine and transform—sometimes dramatically—to generate new molecules.

Chemistry explores many areas of our physical world, ranging from our bodies and the air that we breathe to the many products of the human endeavor and including art and a plethora of consumer products. Students at Sarah Lawrence College may investigate these diverse areas of chemistry through a variety of courses: Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Nutrition, Photographic Chemistry, and Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life, to name a few. In addition to these courses, the College routinely offers General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry to provide a foundation in the theories central to this discipline.

Just as experimentation played a fundamental role in the formulation of the theories of chemistry, experimentation plays an integral part in learning them. Therefore, laboratory experiments complement many of the seminar courses.

2020-2021 Courses

Chemistry

First-Year Studies: The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life

Open , FYS—Year

一切,我们吃,穿,做涉及化学。这个为期一年的课程考察了我们的日常生活,事情的方式工作的化学性质。本课程的重点是了解日常使用化学。我们将介绍化学概念日常的例子,如日用化工和汽油,是展示我们如何已经在使用化学和揭示为什么化学是对我们非常重要。我们将专注于当前关心的话题,比如环境污染,我们在我们的影响我们的环境和我们日常生活中使用的物质。我们将强调化学的实际应用涉及食品和营养问题。秋季开学期间,学生将与导师每周个别会议见面。在春天,我们将满足每周一次或每隔一周,根据学生的需要和他们的会议项目的进展情况。

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General Chemistry I

Open , Small Lecture—Fall

化学是性质,成分和物质转化的研究。化学是中央对生产现代生活所需的材料;例如,药品来治疗疾病的合成,化肥和农药的生产要求,为不断增长的人口,以及高效,环境友好的能源开发。本课程将介绍现代化学的基本概念。我们将通过研究原子,它们的元素和最简单的物质在物质世界在我们身边的积木的结构和性质开始。然后我们将探讨如何不同元素的原子可以彼此键合形成一个无限多种称为化合物更复杂的物质。这将导致我们对几类化学反应,该过程由哪些物质转化为具有不同物理性质的新材料的研究。一路上,我们将学习如何以及为什么物质的三种状态(固体,液体和气体)彼此如何能可会产生也通过化学反应消耗不同。在每周的实验室课程,我们会进行实验来说明,并在测试过程中的演讲部分提出的理论。实验也将有助于开发合成和分析化学技术的实用技能。

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General Chemistry II

Open , Small Lecture—Spring

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. We will begin with a detailed study of both the physical and chemical properties of solutions, which will enable us to consider the factors that affect both the rates and direction of chemical reactions. We will then investigate the properties of acids and bases and the role that electricity plays in chemistry. The course will conclude with introductions to nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions will allow us to demonstrate and test the theories described in the lecture segment of the course.

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Organic Chemistry I (Guided Inquiry)

Open , Seminar—Fall

No prior knowledge of chemistry is required. Students will be able to take this course in the fall, Organic Chemistry II (Guided Inquiry) in the spring, and then General Chemistry or other, more advanced chemistry courses in subsequent years.

Organic chemistry is the study of chemical compounds whose molecules are based on a framework of carbon atoms, typically in combination with hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. Despite this rather limited set of elements, there are more organic compounds known than there are compounds that do not contain carbon. Adding to the importance of organic chemistry is the fact that very many of the chemical compounds that make modern life possible—such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, pigments, and dyes—can be classed as organic. Organic chemistry, therefore, impacts many other scientific subjects; and knowledge of organic chemistry is essential for detailed understanding of materials science, environmental science, molecular biology, and medicine. This course gives an overview of the structures, physical properties, and reactivity of organic compounds. We will see that organic compounds can be classified into families of similar compounds based upon certain groups of atoms that always behave in a similar manner no matter what molecule they are in. These functional groups will enable us to rationalize the vast number of reactions that organic reagents undergo. Topics covered in this course include: the types of bonding within organic molecules; fundamental concepts of organic reaction mechanisms (nucleophilic substitution, elimination, and electrophilic addition); the conformations and configurations of organic molecules; and the physical and chemical properties of alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alcohols. In the laboratory section of the course, we will develop the techniques and skills required to synthesize, separate, purify, and identify organic compounds. Organic Chemistry is a key requirement for pre-med students and is strongly encouraged for all others who are interested in the biological and physical sciences. In addition, the Guided Inquiry exercises conducted in class will sharpen your analytical skills and teach you how to think like a scientist. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the lab portion of this course may proceed as normal, be postponed until later in the semester, or offered as a separate one- or two-credit course (Practical Organic Chemistry) in the spring.

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Organic Chemistry II (Guided Inquiry)

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I

这当然是有机化学I(引导询问)的延续。这个学期,我们将探索有机分子的额外家庭的物理和化学性质。芳族化合物,醛和酮,羧酸和它们的衍生物(酰氯,酸酐,酯和酰胺),烯醇和烯醇化物,和胺的反应性将被讨论。我们也将调查由大的,复杂的分子可以从简单的起始原料来合成的方法。的有机结构测定-如质谱,1H和13C核磁共振光谱和红外光谱-也将介绍现代方法。本课程的实验室部分,我们将继续发展所需的合成技术和技能,分离,纯化,并确定有机化合物。有机化学II(引导查询)是医学预科学生的一个关键要求,并强烈鼓励谁感兴趣的生物和物理科学所有其他人。

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Transition Metal Chemistry

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

Prior study of chemistry or permission of the instructor is required.

The transition metals include some of the most familiar and most important of all of the chemical elements. In fact, the properties of the transition metals shape much of the world around us. For instance, iron and copper have been known since prehistoric times, and their use has influenced much of human history. Nine of the transition metals are essential for life, as their atoms form the active sites of many key enzymes. Furthermore, compounds of transition metals such as titanium, chromium, ruthenium, iridium are used as catalysts, pigments, and advanced materials, while platinum and technetium form the basis of powerful drugs and medical imaging technologies. Due to their many uses and economic importance, the preparation of new transition metal compounds remains one of the most active and exciting areas of modern chemical research. This course will be devoted to an exploration of the unique chemical, physical, and biological properties of the transition metals. Transition metal chemistry is also one of the most colorful fields of chemistry. In the laboratory section of the course, we will prepare many scientifically important transition metal compounds and then observe and measure their properties.

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Biochemistry

Advanced , Seminar—Fall

Prerequisite: Two semesters of Organic Chemistry.

This course is concerned with the chemical basis of biology. We will begin by examining the structure and function of the main classes of biologically important molecules: amino acids, peptides, and proteins; carbohydrates; and lipids. We will then look at enzyme activity, including the mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation of enzyme-mediated reactions. This will be followed by an overview of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and their role within eukaryotic cells. The study of biological membranes will then lead to an investigation of bioenergetics and metabolic processes within cells.

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Sensory Biology

Open , Seminar—Fall

Why do chili peppers taste “hot,” while peppermint gum tastes “cold”? How can humans distinguish between a trillion different odors? Can onions be confused with apples if our noses are plugged? Why do flowers appear different to humans and to bees? Why can’t we hear the echolocation calls of most bats? The answers to these questions lie in our understanding of how animals interact with their environments via sensory perception. In this course, we will study the sensory systems underlying hearing, balance, vision, smell, taste, and touch, as well as unique abilities that support some animal navigation strategies like magnetoreception used by butterflies and sea turtles during migration. We will explore senses from a neurobiological perspective and, therefore, will begin with an overview of the nervous system and the structure and function of neurons. We will then study how each sense is based on the perception of a particular stimulus by specialized sensory neurons within specialized sensory tissues. We will discuss how stimuli are converted to cellular information and how that is communicated to the brain, leading to perception.

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Hormones, Food, and Sex

Open , Seminar—Spring

激素从各种组织,包括脑,卵巢,睾丸,和脂肪组织释放。小分子通过循环系统围绕主体行进并且可以影响参与关键的生物学过程遥远细胞的活性。在这个过程中,我们将集中在两个首要课题研究激素信号(内分泌)的原则:(1)激素调节食物摄取和利用;和(2)的激素控制再现。我们将研究的荷尔蒙,控制食欲,味道,脂肪沉积,和重量,如何激素水平有助于肥胖个体维持不健康的权重。我们将研究控制繁殖的许多方面,包括青春期,排卵,性欲,性生活,妊娠,分娩,哺乳期,更年期激素。我们会考虑激素如何界定男性和女性的特点,以及激素疗法用于转变变性者。

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Animal Physiology

Intermediate , Seminar—Fall

Prerequisite: at least one course in the General Biology Series.

动物生理学是研究如何的所有部件的动物,从细胞到组织器官和器官系统功能,共同支持生命。在这个过程中,我们会同时考虑的机制,形式和功能,适应和平衡的总体概念研究的许多大类生理的。其中可能的议题是:循环,呼吸和呼吸,进食和消化,运动和肌肉,体温调节,渗透调节,激素调节,生殖,神经元和神经系统,感觉系统和伪装。在我们讨论每一个生理过程,我们也将探讨在不同的动物使用物种特定的适应来执行这些过程(所谓的比较生理学)的方式。例如,人类呼吸使用内部袋状结构-肺部-而青蛙和蝾螈可以从空气中通过简单的扩散跨过他们的皮肤中提取氧和昆虫呼吸通过在他们的身体的多个小开口,其导致一个复杂的一系列管该渗透物其整个生物体,从而获得氧,而无需使用一个循环系统。不同的机制,如这些让我们了解生理学的基本原则以及它们如何跨越动物王国显着的方式使用。

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Neurobiology

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

Prerequisite: at least one college-level course in biology, chemistry, or psychology.

人类的大脑包含百十亿的神经元,其功能背后我们的非凡能力,包括感知我们的环境的能力,通过语言进行交流,学习和记忆,进行精确的动作,和经验,表达情感。在此介绍到神经生物学,我们将深入研究深入到结构和神经元的功能,以及它们如何相互通信,重点是动作电位和神经传递;我们将学习神经元结构学习和记忆基础如何变化。那么我们将应用这些知识,从分子 - ,蜂窝的,和系统级的角度研究我们主要的感官。学生将通过在杂志社考察原始文献的文章和写作,在神经生物学上的主题研究发表与前沿科研搞。研讨班将将涉及的技术来研究神经生物学的学习,以及一个小团体,独立研究项目的设计和执行每周的实验室会议的补充。

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Global Climate Change

Open , Seminar—Fall

Global climate change will be the defining issue of the coming decades, impacting most aspects of the global economy, policymaking, and day-to-day life. This seminar will provide a basic foundation in climate science, drawing on fundamental concepts of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth-systems science. We will also examine the linkages between global climate and human society, considering topics such as greenhouse-gas emissions, land-use change, and climate-change impacts. By the end of this course, students will be able to quantitatively apply the concepts that they have learned; to communicate through speech, in writing, and through graphics about technical issues related to climate change; and to understand the role of science in climate policy and decision making.

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Studies in Ecocriticism: The Idea of Nature in the Western Tradition

Open , Small Lecture—Spring

由美国积极推动了资本主义的掠夺模型继续自己透露,作为生物多样性的主要威胁和一般的环境,这是至关重要的,在西方传统的核心,如何发掘和理解“自然”的概念有人形了超过2000年的过程。本课程将创建一系列与文学,哲学和科学史中的桥梁,与许多其他学科的影响。最重要的是,我们将通过它与黑色,土著,拉丁联盟,以及美国亚裔作家作品开发和论据讨论面临的性质在今天种族和族裔在美国的背景下,西部和犹太教和基督教的概念。许多主题中,我们将研究古代如何来制定“骨骺,”从我们的现代物理学的理解如此不同,也塑造了我们的审美眼光与创造的田园风格的和令人愉快的念头和驯服的风景,或一个概念设定一个模型功利关系,自然与赫西奥德和维吉尔的农业条约。我们还将分析特定的地方,如林由浪漫,或大海钦佩和想象中世纪的武侠小说和美国的“原野”的小说,或者乱作为的风景在梅尔维尔的描述 Moby Dick。 17世纪的科学革命和它的数学和机械方法自然会导致我们笛卡尔讨论当代哲学家如德勒兹和瓜塔里,平行兽性谁使用像动物进口的洞穴或属地概念车型领域。进入一个完全不同的方向,我们会质疑世界的犹太教和基督教的概念,远程和非物质神周围组织的特性,直接反对的本质有更有机地理解为“母爱”和内在的数字与所有的,这样的数字意味着保留。这些都是一些我们将探讨的问题,我们讨论的重点将是,以解构的欧洲中心主义的概念,一些新的声音“的本质。”

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The World According to Ariyoshi Sawako

Open , Seminar—Fall

No previous background in Japanese studies or literature is required for this course.

In this seminar, we will read a variety of works by Ariyoshi Sawako (1931-1984), one of Japan’s most talented storytellers in the last century. Ariyoshi’s novels vividly portray the lives of women in different historical moments, such as the dancer Okuni, the originator of kabuki theatre, in Kabuki Dancer; the wife and mother of Hanako Seishu, the first surgeon to perform surgery using general anesthesia, in The Doctor’s Wife; and a mother, daughter, and granddaughter whose lives reflect changes in modern Japan in The River Ki. Many of Ariyoshi’s works also expose social issues, such as The Twilight Years, her immensely popular novel on the challenges of caring for aging parents, and Compound Pollution, her environmental novel that brought greater public attention to the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and insecticides. Early in her writing career, Ariyoshi received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to study at Sarah Lawrence College, and we will also consider how her experiences at Sarah Lawrence may have influenced the directions she took in her subsequent writing. Ariyoshi’s literature will provide us with a lens to consider various topics, such as Japanese performing arts, history, gender, social issues, and translation. In addition to these readings, we will view some film adaptations of Ariyoshi’s literary works.

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An Introduction to Statistical Methods and Analysis

Open , Lecture—Fall

Prerequisites: basic high-school algebra and plane-coordinate geometry

方差,相关系数,回归分析,统计显着性,误差幅度......你听说过前揶揄这些术语和其他统计短语,你见过他们在新闻报道和研究文章穿插。但他们是什么意思?他们为什么如此重要?作为介绍的概念,技术和推理的核心数据的理解,这个讲座课程着重于使用,以深入了解人类利益的不同领域的统计分析的基本方法。使用,误用和统计的滥用将是当然的中心焦点;探索特定主题将从实验设计原理,抽样理论,数据分析和统计推断的结论。应用程序将在时事,商业,心理学,政治学,医学,自然科学和社会科学的其它领域予以考虑。统计(电子表格)软件将被引入,并在此过程中,广泛使用,但假定随着技术的发展没有现成的经验。考虑到这是总统选举年,我们也将密切关注国家投票和讨论投射精度未来结果的困难(为什么民意测验专家听错了,2016年)。会议的工作,在车间进行的模式,将有助于加强对课程教材的学生的理解。这个讲座推荐为希望成为数据的更明智的消费者,并强烈建议那些计划攻读自然科学或社会科学的研究生的工作和/或研究人。

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Electromagnetism and Light (Calculus-Based General Physics)

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

Students are encouraged to have completed Classical Mechanics, or equivalent, along with Calculus II, or equivalent.

This is the follow-on course to Classical Mechanics, where we will be covering waves, geometric and wave optics, electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electrodynamics. We will use the exploration of the particle and wave properties of light to bookend our discussions and ultimately finish our exploration of classical physics with the hints of its incompleteness. Seminars and weekly laboratory meetings will incorporate technology-based, exploratory, and problem-solving activities.

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Ecopoetry

Open , Seminar—Year

在诗歌和生活的这个诗歌类了为期一年的学世界,我们会考虑的巨大有机体盖亚,这对我们是一个组成部分。我们将阅读和每周写诗。我们会问的问题:我们什么时候开始认为大自然远离我们?为什么我们开始将动物的发言,因为如果我们不也是动物吗?什么是已经确定了我们对我们是什么,我们认为态度故事和神话?我们会读一些故事和神话(创世神话;伊甸园,失去花园)。我们将通过禅僧和华兹华斯,并通过斯奈德一直到彻底当代诗人现在写读悠久而丰富的传统诗歌的解决本身这个问题上,从早期的土著民族。我们将阅读书籍和让我们对其他动物和生活的实体,我们称之为植物和树木行星和星系的文章。每个学生将研究生活世界的一个方面,并教导我们其余的所学。我们将编写整合知识的诗。我们会吟诗的书也看电影,采取实地考察,并会见班每周日的诗歌外彼此。在课程结束时,我的希望是,我们每个人都会有一个更深入的了解伟大的生物,我们称之为地球,将创建一个参与的问题,我们的类引发的诗集:是什么时候?什么是死亡?什么是伊甸园?这里是花园呢?谁是其他生物?怎么会有我们作为一个物种,影响了其他生物?是如何影响我们的海洋,大地,空气?如何才能诗歌地址的全球性的危机?为此需要等级:求知欲,同情,并观察世界,要注意,和写诗的事项的意愿。这是一个有经验的作家一类,以及为那些谁要给写诗一试。欢迎各界人士。

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