Reaction Kinetics

  • Reaction rate laws and kinetic order

  • Transition states

  • Temperature dependence of kinetics

  • Catalysis, enzyme-catalyzed reactions, and the Michaelis-Menten equation

  • Diffusion-limited reactions

  • Thermodynamic versus kinetic stability


  • Building blocks: amino acids, nucleotides, carbohydrates, fatty acids

  • Biopolymers: proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides

  • Three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules

  • Molecular assemblies: micelles, monolayers, biological membranes

  • Solid-phase synthesis of oligonucleotides and peptides

  • Combinatorial synthesis

  • Spectroscopic reporters

Analyzing Molecules and Reactions

  • Mass spectrometry

  • Absorption and emission spectroscopy (UV, visible, infrared)

  • NMR spectroscopy

  • Diffraction (x-ray, neutron, electron)

  • Electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy

  • Separation methods: chromatography, electrophoresis, and centrifugation

  • Isotopic tracers and radioactivity


  • Metals

  • Properties and synthesis of polymers

  • Conductors, insulators, and semiconductors

A list of questions useful in teaching these concepts is presented in Appendix D.

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