My main teaching responsibilities encompass upper division Physical Chemistry courses (Pchem I or CHEM451, Pchem II or CHEM452 and Pchem III or CHEM462), General Chemistry labs, and Chemistry courses for non-science majors.
Physical Chemistry is the study of the basic principles that govern the behavior of matter. It tries to understand the properties and transformations of matter (one substance to another), at the molecular levels, in terms of energies and particles such as molecules, atoms and electrons.
Two approaches are possible in physical chemistry: Macroscopic and Microscopic. On the macroscopic scale, properties such as volume, temperature, and pressure are measured (i.e. thermodynamics). In order to understand the macroscopic behavior of matter, one needs to investigate and understand the very basic constituents of matter, the fundamental particles, such as molecules, atom and electrons (microscopic approach).
The three principle subject areas of physical chemistry are: Thermodynamics: chemical equilibrium, and energy changes, Quantum chemistry: bonding at the molecular level, and Chemical kinetics: rates and mechanisms of chemical processes approaching equilibria.
Physical Chemistry I – LEC – CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I – LAB – CHEM451
Physical Chemistry I – REC – CHEM451
Physical Chemistry II – LEC – CHEM 452
Physical Chemistry II – LAB – CHEM452
Physical Chemistry II – REC – CHEM452
Chem Spect & Reaction Dynamics – PCHEM III – LEC – CHEM462
General Chemistry I – LAB – CHEM105
General Chemistry II – LAB – CHEM106
Chemistry Topics – CHEM408
Seminar in Chemistry – CHEM409
Research Problems – CHEM497
Chemistry Lecture – CHEM100 (Introductory Chemistry Course for the Non-Majors)
Chemistry and Human Health– CHEM101 (100% Online Non-Major Chemistry Course) – LEC & LAB
Matter and Energy – CHEM125 (Physical Science Course for Early Childhood and Childhood Education Majors)
Dr. Bou-Abdallah in the General Chemistry lab
Dr. Bou-Abdallah giving a lecture