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Parson, Robert Professor

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  • Dr. Parson works in two areas. Research in Theoretical Chemistry centers around the simulation of reaction dynamics in small molecular clusters, with a particular focus on electron transfer processes in these systems. Research chemistry education includes the use of new teaching models, such as the CU Undergraduate Learning Assistant program, in undergraduate chemistry courses, the design of computer simulations for science education, and assessment of student conceptual understanding in general chemistry and physical chemistry.

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  • theoretical chemistry, nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, molecular cluster, chemistry education, interactive engagement strategies, assessment of conceptual learning in chemistry, computer simulations for science education.

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Teaching

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  • CHEM 1113 - General Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Lect., rec. Intended for first-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Subjects: components of matter, stolchiometry, classes of reactions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, electron configuration, chemical bonding, molecular shapes, covalent bonding, organic compounds, intermolecular forces, equilibrium. Department enforced prerequsites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (min grade C-); high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 1114. Not open to engineering students with exception of EPEN majors. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1400 or CHEN 1211.
  • CHEM 1134 - Laboratory in General Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Lab. Intended for second-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Instruction in experimental techniques which coordinate with lecture topics in CHEM 1133. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1133. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 2101.
  • CHEM 1400 - Foundations of Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers core concepts in chemistry: nature of matter (atomic and molecular structure, bonding and macroscopic properties), transformations of matter (chemical reactivity), and quantifying chemical transformations (thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics). Emphasizes critical thinking and cultivate core problem solving skills utilized by scientists. Intended for first semester CHEM/BCHM majors. Department enforced prerequisites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (minimum grad C-) and high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1401. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1113. Formerly CHEM 1251.
  • CHEM 2101 - Laboratory for Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Coordinates with the lectures topics in CHEM 2100. Required for fourth semester CHEM majors and an elective for BCHEM majors. Emphasizes the acquisition of more advanced laboratory skills, experimental design, data interpretation and analysis. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 2100.
  • CHEM 4511 - Physical Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect. Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Includes study of laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, entropy, free energy, chemical potential, chemical equilibriums, and the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Department enforced prereq or coreq., PHYS 1120 (minimum grade C-). Degree credit not granted for this course and BCHM 4400 and BCHM 5400.
  • CHEM 5531 - Statistical Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Lect. Fundamental concepts of quantum and classical statistical mechanics. Applications to properties ofgases, liquids, solids, spin and polymer systems. Reaction, fluctuation, nucleation and relaxation phenomena. Department enforced prerequisite: undergraduate physical chemistry.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.

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