Associate in Science Instruction in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Steve Oster obtained a B.A. in history from Nyack College in 1990, and a B.S. in Chemistry from York College in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2003, and taught for one year at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, before joining Middlebury College in 2004.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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CHEM 0203 - Organic I: Struct & Reactivity ▹
Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Reactivity
This course will provide students with an introduction to the structure and reactivity of organic molecules sufficient to continue directly to study of biochemistry (CHEM 0322). Topics covered will include models of chemical bonding, acid-base relationships, three-dimensional molecular structure (conformations and stereochemistry), reaction mechanisms and energy diagrams, substitution and elimination reactions, carbonyl reactions (additions, reductions, interconversions, and alpha-reactivity), and the fundamentals of biological molecules (carbohydrates, DNA, and RNA). Laboratory experiments will include purification techniques (recrystallization, distillation, extraction, and chromatography) as well as microscale organic reactions that complement the lecture portion of the course. (CHEM 0104 or CHEM 0107) 3 hrs. lect., 3 hrs. lab, 1 hr. prelab.
CHEM 0241 - Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I
This course is an introduction to the structure and reactivity of organic molecules. Topics covered include chemical nomenclature, bonding, structure, acid-base relationships, mechanistically simple reactions, and theoretical aspects of structure determination. Laboratory exercises include hands-on introductions to techniques such as distillation, crystallization, chromatography, polarimetry, and modern spectroscopic techniques such as NMR and IR. (Students must have received a grade of B- or better in CHEM 0104 or 0107)
Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014
CHEM 0242 - Organic Chemistry II ▲
Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics covered include mechanistically complex reactions, organic synthesis, and application of molecular orbital theory to reactions. Laboratory exercises focus on synthetic techniques and structure elucidation of complex unknowns. (CHEM 0241) 3 hrs. lect., 4 hrs. lab, 1 hr. disc.
Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014