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Resources for Teaching Chemistry

"Bringing Molecules to Life" is a web page that uses  animations of atomic and molecular behavior to illsutrate chemical principles. Instructional material is provided to help ensure that the correct concepts are learned.  High school chemistry is a major emphasis of these efforts.

Courses Taught by Theodore S. Dibble


This is the first in the two-course sequence offered at ESF. This course starts by delving deeper into the Ideal Gas Law and non-ideal gases, then uses gas in a piston to develop an understanding of the First, Second, and Third Laws of Thermodynamics. This understanding is then developed in the context of phase transition, colligative properties, and chemical equilibrium. (Fall)

08/27/2018 - The required textbook for the course is the 8th or 9th edition of Physical Chemistry by Atkins and de Paula.
The course web page has been updated soon to include the Syllabus, Calendar, and the first homework assignment (due Wednesday, August 29).
Note that the two Math Review assignments can be found on the Homework page.


 This is the second course in the two course sequence offered at ESF. The first topic, chemical kinetics, is classical, and builds on the background in thermodynamics developed in Physical Chemistry I. The second two-thirds of the course is devoted to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy (as understood quantum mechanically). Historically, the development of quantum mechanics required a major break from past ways of thinking about chemistry: students also need to adjust their ways of thinking to learn this subject. (Spring)

This course covers atmospheric structure and circulation, stratospheric chemistry, chemistry of the polluted and unpolluted troposphere, and global climate change. This course relies heavily on kinetics for the analysis of atmospheric chemistry. After finishing this course, students should be able to use concentration data and rate constants to analyze the importance of a given atmospheric chemical reaction as compared to physical processes and other chemical reactions. (Fall)

 A required course for graduate students in Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry.   The goal is to give students practice and feedback in delivering scientific talks and in evaluating them by asking questions.  For Spring 2008, students will make a variety of presentations.