Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999)

Contact Information

witter@dickinson.edu

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109
717.245.1681
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/amywitter/

Bio

Her long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Her current research projects involve investigating the chemical effects of urbanization on stream sediment chemistry and the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.

Education

  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

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.

CHEM 490 Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy was a popular game show on the Cartoon Network in which two teams destroyed random stuff and built useful objects out of the wreckage for prize money. Much like the game show, Instrumental Analysis involves assembling disparate components into useful equipment to measure fundamental chemical properties. Although prize money will not be awarded in this course, participants will learn to build basic circuits and to employ these circuits in the creation of working chemical instrumentation, including a project of your own design. After learning the nuts and bolts of how various chemical instrumentation works, students will utilize commercial instrumentation in order to solve an authentic problem based on student interest. No prior experience with electronics is required.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2017

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.

CHEM 243 Modern Chemical Analysis
The theory of chemical equilibrium as it pertains to acid-base, metal-ligand, redox, and EDTA titrations. Topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, and the optimization and validation of experimental results will be covered. Statistical analysis of data will also be included. This class is meant to aid students in developing both a sound knowledge of experimental protocols (i.e. How many samples do we need to collect? How do we extract our analyte from the matrix? How much sample must be extracted in order to obtain a measurable result? How do we measure what's present? and in the critical evaluation of experimental results (How much confidence do we have that our results are representative of the system under study?). Three hours classroom and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 132 or 141.