December 26, 2012

Exam #2 Results

Exam #2 is graded and final grades have been submitted. Here are the statistics for the second exam (out of 80 points):

Mean: 60.21 (75.26%)
Median: 62 (77.5%)
Standard Deviation: 10.18 (12.73%)
Range: 41-74 (51.25-92.5%)

If you'd like to look through your second exam, please email me a time you'd like to stop by my office. Thank you for a great semester and best wishes for spring 2013.

November 20, 2012

Presentation Order

12/03/12: Anciaux, DeWilde, Weisenberger

12/05/12: Egger, Kang, Schnepper

12/07/12: A. Johnson, Ramezani, Zhang

12/10/12: Gruba, Irwin, Qiu

12/12/12: F. Johnson, Ricarte

Your slides should be submitted to me via email by 5 pm the day before your presentation.

You should plan for a 12 minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions from the class.

November 19, 2012

White Paper/Presentation Guidelines

Here are the details I gave in class this morning (also echoed in the syllabus):

Goal: Identify an unanswered analytical chemistry research question and choose an appropriate spectroscopic technique to explore it

Deliverables: White paper (grant overview), outline of experiments, and 12 minute presentation

*White paper and outline - 15% (Due 11/30/12)
*Presentation - 15% (12/03, 12/05, 12/07, 12/10 or 12/12/12)

Initial step in the grant-writing process.
Single-spaced 12 point or larger font; limit document length to 2 pages including figures with minimal necessary references on additional pages (white paper) and an additional 2 pages of experimental outline.

Please address the following topics in your white paper/outline:

Background/context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed
Objective: what you plan to accomplish in a three-year program
Rationale: value to the scientific community and/or general public
Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge and state-of-the-art
Approach: strategy for addressing the problem
Results: anticipated output of a successful effort
Funding Request Amount: a per-year approximation of overall funding requirements

Include: sample preparation, control experiments, analysis methods

For the presentation:
12 minute in-class presentation + 5 minute Q/A period
Done on 12/03, 12/05, 12/07, 12/10 or 12/12/12
(let me know if one of these dates does NOT work for you)

White board or powerpoint
-submit copy of presentation by 5 pm on day before
Keep audience in mind
Pay special attention to correct referencing/citation

November 18, 2012

Sample White Paper/Experimental Outline

Here is an example of a white paper and outline from a previous class: Download file.

October 19, 2012

Example of Previous Exam

Below you will find the 2009 first exam for CHEM 8152.


I post this as a model, so that you know the style of exam that I write - I do not publish exam keys. You will see that there are multiple questions embedded within each major question - please be sure to answer all components of each question.

September 26, 2012

Lenses Tutorial

A student in a previous year's course suggested that I share this link about lenses with everyone in the class: She found it useful as she was performing the first problem set and preparing for the first midterm exam.

September 22, 2012

Availability on Exam Day

Before coming to class on Monday, please take a look at your calendar to see if you are available for an extended class session on 10/24, starting at 8 am and ending at 9:55 am.

August 30, 2012

Course Syllabus

Download the CHEM 8152 syllabus.

August 15, 2012

Welcome to CHEM 8152, Analytical Spectroscopy

In this course, we will survey both the fundamental and practical aspects of spectroscopies commonly used in analytical chemistry. First, a few logistical details:

Our class lectures are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:05 am - 9:55 am in Smith Hall 111.

Ahead of our first class meeting, I would like you to read over the course syllabus and be ready with any questions. Also, I will forgo reviewing the basic physics behind electromagnetic radiation so that we can jump right into other material. Please review the "Pre-lecture notes" that will be posted on this topic. This material should be familiar to all of you and will be necessary for the remainder of the class. I am happy to meet with you individually to discuss this material if necessary.