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Spring 2011

  • CHEM 590N 1: NMR of Macromolecules: Time Dependent Theory
    Synopsis: This course covers advanced NMR theory from the perspective of time-dependent quantum mechanics, from construction of the spin Hamiltonian and the phenomenological Bloch equations to formalized product operator and coherent averaging (average Hamiltonian) theories. Students will develop the ability to analyze NMR experiments in the modern literature and to design new pulse sequences through both analytic and numerical theory, including the use of software such as Mathematica, SIMPSON and SPINEVOLUTION. This course is suitable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Physics or Biophysics. Prerequisite: CHEM540 (graduate-level Quantum Mechanics) or consent of instructor. Students are encouraged to enroll concurrently in CHEM542 (Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy).

PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT COURSES

  • CHEM 590N 1/2: NMR of Macromolecules:  Survey and Practice/Time Dependent Theory
    Synopsis: This course covers modern applications of multidimensional solution and solid-state protein NMR, emphasizing review of the recent literature, qualitative discussion and applications to biochemical structure and function.  Students will learn practical aspects of data acquisition, processing, interpretation and structure determination, including hands-on experience with data processing and structure determination software (NMRPipe, Sparky, NMRView, XPLOR-NIH, CNS).  This course is suitable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students in all areas of Chemistry, Biophysics, Biochemistry and related disciplines in the life sciences.  Prerequisites:  familiarity with basic principles of protein structure, such as from an undergraduate biochemistry course; ability to work very hard and learn quickly.
  • CHEM 440: Physical Chemistry Principles
    Synopsis: One-term course in physical chemistry emphasizing topics most important to students in the biological and agricultural sciences. Not open to students in the specialized curricula in chemistry and chemical engineering. Laboratory experience in this area provided by CHEM 315 to be taken preferably after CHEM 440. Same as BIOC 440. Prerequisite: CHEM 222 and CHEM 232, or equivalent; PHYS 102; and MATH 241 or equivalent calculus including partial derivatives.