David Myers

In general, I am in charge of all aspects of the chemistry program; therefore, any question about this program can be directed to me at 413-528-7436 or my e-mail myersd@simons-rock.edu. For further description of any of the classes below, go to the Chemistry Courses page.


This is the year long sequence undertaken by most science majors, although non-science majors are certainly welcome. Both these classes individually fulfill the science requirement. I strongly recommended that a student not try to jump into Chemistry II without having had Chemistry I, or presenting a 4 or better on the Chemistry AP exam. Any and all exceptions will be made by the instructor, with whom you should meet if you are anticipating enrolling in Chemistry II as your first chemistry class at Simon's Rock.


This semester-long class is designed for the student who wishes to fulfill her/his science requirement and does not anticipate taking any advanced chemistry classes; it is also an acceptable Chemistry requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration. As is said in the catalog description, this class attempts to 'demystify' the chemistry with which we are bombarded every day in the media, and to provide a basis to evaluate intelligently the issues raised by those media. An important focus, besides the chemistry, is to demonstrate that many, many issues are inter-related, and that many different factors must be considered when deciding on a plan or course of action.


These courses compose a year long sequence, which is required of all Chemistry and Pre-medical concentrators, and can be used as part of the Biology concentration. Generally, this class is not open to freshpersons; students who have taken (or plan to take) General Chemistry at another college should be sure to get their transcript to Simon's Rock as soon as possible. Any other exceptions will be made by me, and a student who wishes to request one should arrange to meet with me as soon as practicable.


This semester-long class re-examines several aspects covered in Chemistry II, but much more deeply This class can serve as another option in chemistry for the second year rather than Organic Chemistry and is required for all Chemistry concentrators; it also can be taken concurrently with Organic Chemistry. Students who have not taken Organic Chemistry may find that they need to do a little extra work outside of the class to keep current with the material.


This semester-long class provides an overview of some of the analytic instrumental methods used in chemistry, focusing more on the applications of these techniques and the interpretation of the data collected rather than the actual hands-on use of the instruments This course serves as an acceptable upper-level course for Chemistry concentrators, and would be recommended for any student planning on going to graduate school in chemistry, particularly in any of the experimental aspects of chemistry i.e organic, inorganic, experimental physical chemistry and chemical physics.


This semester long-class is currently under re-genesis and will re-emerge as two separate classes: Physical Organic Chemistry: Molecular Orbital Theory and Physical Organic Chemistry: Advanced Mechanisms. The catalog description of the latter is not yet available, and is forthcoming, pending college approval. Physical Organic Chemistry: Molecular Orbital Theory will trace the development of molecular orbital theory and its application to organic chemistry. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the various orbitals can be derived, and the approximations necessary to make those derivations accessible. For the student who requires a more rigorous derivation of the quantum physics underlying these orbitals, the course Quantum Physics is recommended. However, for many of the purposes of the practicing organic chemist, the ideas and methods presented in this class will be sufficient to make reasonably accurate predictions.