Faculty Profile

Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2017

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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Spring 2018

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.