Faculty Profile

Cindy Samet

Professor of Chemistry (1988), Department Chair

Contact Information

samet@dickinson.edu

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 1107
717.245.1295
http://users.dickinson.edu/~samet/

Bio

Her research interests are in physical chemistry and spectroscopy in general, and focus on Fourier Transform infrared (FTIR) studies of molecules frozen in noble gas matrices at very low temperatures. She studies weak hydrogen-bonding phenomena, and recently she and her research students have formed several unique C-H---N and C-H---O linkages.

Education

  • B.S., Dickinson College, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1988

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I with Lab
The first semester of intro chemistry for students majoring in the physical and biological sciences, who have completed one year of HS chemistry but do not place into Chemistry 141. Core principles and applications of chemistry will be covered that will aid students in understanding "Why Chemistry Matters" regardless of discipline. Topics will include: atomic and molecular structure (Lewis, VSEPR), stoichiometry, gas laws, energy and chemical reactions, periodicity, and solubility and intermolecular forces. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I with Lab
The first semester of intro chemistry for students majoring in the physical and biological sciences, who have completed one year of HS chemistry but do not place into Chemistry 141. Core principles and applications of chemistry will be covered that will aid students in understanding "Why Chemistry Matters" regardless of discipline. Topics will include: atomic and molecular structure (Lewis, VSEPR), stoichiometry, gas laws, energy and chemical reactions, periodicity, and solubility and intermolecular forces. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

CHEM 341 Energy and Structure
Examines how the Quantum Theory, and in particular the Schrödinger Equation, makes possible the determination of translational, rotational, and vibrational energies of molecules, and how spectroscopy experimentally determines the energy and hence structure of atoms and molecules. Three hours classroom per week. Prerequisites: 132 or 141, MATH 171 and PHYS 141 or 131, or permission of the instructor. NOTE: PHYS 141 or 131 may be taken concurrently with CHEM 341.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2014

CHEM 132 General Chemistry II with Lab
This course will focus on the application of organic chemistry to compounds that are used to treat disease states. Topics will include the discovery and synthesis of medicinally important compounds, the relationship of structure to activity, and the fate of these compounds in the body. Classes of compounds to be discussed include adrenergic and cholinergic agents, sedative-hypnotics, analgesics, drugs that treat cardiovascular conditions and antibiotics.

CHEM 132 General Chemistry II with Lab
A continuation of Chemistry 131. Topics covered in the second semester will include: kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, and buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and transition metal chemistry. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 131. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

CHEM 347 Concepts of Inorganic Chem
This course will cover fundamental concepts in inorganic chemistry to include: periodic trends, atomic and molecular structure, ionic bonding and crystal structures, solubility of ionic solids, acid-base chemistry, structure and bonding in coordination compounds, and reactions of transition metal complexes. Throughout the course the unifying theme will be the applicaiton of principles of structure and bonding to predict and explain reactions involving inorganic compounds. Three hours classroom and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: 244, 341 or concurrent enrollment. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch