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See below for a list of basic science and mathematics courses given at McGill, with pertinent references to the textbook(s) used. To determine whether or not you have completed the appropriate material, check the course summaries following the page references.


BIOLOGY

Text: LIFE, The Science of Biology, by Sadava, Heller, Orians, Purves & Hillis, 8th edition, 2008

BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology.
Chapter 1 (pp. 1-13), Chapter 3 (pp. 61-63), Chapters 21-23, 25-44, 46-49, 51, 54-56

Life: characteristics, origin, history, and diversity; Mechanisms of evolution; Speciation; Prokaryotes (Archaea and bacteria); Protists; Fungi; Nonseed plants and colonization of land; Gymnosperms and Angiosperms; Introduction to animals: characteristics, body plans, embryonic development, germ layers; protostomes vs deuterostomes; Sponges, cnidarians, platyhelminthes, annelids, mollusks, arthropods, echinoderms, chordates; Vertebrates: fishes, amphibians, reptiles (including birds), mammals. Animal form and function: thermoregulation, hormones, reproduction and development, nerves, muscles, gas exchange, circulation, excretion; Ecology: population, community, and ecosystems.

BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology.
Biomolecular Structures of Proteins, Nucleic acids, and Lipids, Organization of the Cell, Biomembrane Structure and Function, Enzymes and Enzyme Catalysis, Cell Energetics and Thermodynamics, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Mitosis and Meiosis, Mendelian Genetics, DNA Replication, Gene Transcription, Protein Synthesis, mRNA Splicing, Control of Gene Expression, Recombinant DNA Technology, Genetic Disease.


CHEMISTRY

Chem 110:

Textbook-  General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications  (10th edition) by Petrucci, Herring, Madura & Bissonnette

Topics – (grouped roughly by chapter)

  1. Electrons in Atoms- (Ch 8)
  2. The Periodic Table Overview- (Ch 9)
  3. Chemical Bonding Basics -  (Ch 10)
  4. Chemical Bonding Pt II - (Ch 11)
  5. Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular forces-  (Ch 12)
  6. Transition Elements-  (Ch 23: Sec 1- 5) 
  7. Complex Ions & Coordination compounds-  (Ch 24: Sec 1-7)
  8. Chemistry of Main-Group Elements- (Ch 21, 22)
  9. Nuclear Chemistry (Ch 25)

Chem 120:

Textbook-  General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications  (10th edition) by Petrucci, Herring, Madura & Bissonnette

Topics – (grouped roughly by chapter)

  1. Gases-  (Ch 6)
  2. Thermochemistry-  (Ch 7)
  3. Chemical Kinetics-  (Ch 14)
  4. Chemical Equilibria - (Ch 15)
  5. Liquids, Solids, and Phase Transitions-  (Ch 12)
  6. Solutions & Their Physical Properties-  (Ch 13) 
  7. Acids & Bases-  (Ch 16)
  8. Additional Aspects of Acid-Base Equilibria- ( Ch 17)
  9. Spontaneous Change: Entropy & Free Energy- (Ch 19)
  10. Introduction to Organic Chemistry -  (Ch 26, Ch 27)

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Text: Solomons & Fryhle, Organic Chemistry, 8th edition
(Chapters 1-8 and 10, 13-15)

or approximately to:

Flamand & Bilodeau, Chimie organique, structures, nomenclature, reactions, 2nd edition (Chapters 1-9)

CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1.
Chemical bonds, Functional groups, Alkanes, Stereochemistry, Alkyl halides, Alkenes and Alkynes, SN1/ SN2/ E1/ E2/addition reactions, Aromatic Compounds, Reactions of Aromatic Compounds

Text: Solomons & Fryhle, Organic Chemistry, 9th edition
(Chapters 2, 9, 11, 12, 16-20) and Flamand & Bilodeau, Chimie organique, structures, nomenclature, reactions, 2nd edition (Chapters 10-13)

CHEM 222 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2.
Approximately 20% of the time is devoted to spectroscopy and 80% to synthesis.
Separation using chromatography and structure elucidation using:
-Ultraviolet and visible Spectroscopy (UV-Vis)
-Mass Spectrometry (MS)
-Infrared spectroscopy (IR)
-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

The chemistry of, including reactions, mechanisms and application in multistep syntheses:
-alcohols, ethers and epoxides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and amines.


CALCULUS

Text: J. Stewart, Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Fifth Edition, Brooks/Cole (2003), ISBN 0-534-39330-6 or J. Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Fifth Edition, Brooks/Cole (2003), ISBN 0-534-39321-7. Optional reference Books: D. Anderson, J. A. Cole, D. Drucker, Student Solutions Manual for Stewart's Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Fifth Edition, Brooks/Cole (2003), ISBN 0-534-39333-0.

MATH 122 Calculus for Management
Text: Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, 8th edition, Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey, Pearson/Addison/Wesley , ISBN# 0321426517 and the Students Solution Manual for Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, 8/e, Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey, Pearson/Addison/Wesley, ISBN# 0321455983

MATH 123 Linear Algebra and Probability
Text: Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, 8th edition, Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey, Pearson/Addison/Wesley , ISBN# 0321426517 and the Students Solution Manual for Finite Mathematics and Calculus with Applications, 8/e, Margaret L. Lial, Raymond N. Greenwell, Nathan P. Ritchey, Pearson/Addison/Wesley, ISBN# 0321455983

MATH 140 Calculus 1.
Text: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th edition ,James Stewart , ISBN# 049501169x and the Student’s Solution Manual , 6th edition, Daniel Anderson, Jeffrey A. Cole, Daniel Drucker, ISBN# 0495012289

Review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivative. Differentiation of elementary functions. Antidifferentiation. Applications. (The syllabus corresponds approximately to Chapters 1-4 of the current text, omitting sections 1.4,2.4, 3.3,4.6,4.8,4.9.)

MATH 141 Calculus 2.
Text: Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 6th edition ,James Stewart , ISBN# 049501169x and the Student’s Solution Manual , 6th edition, Daniel Anderson, Jeffrey A. Cole, Daniel Drucker, ISBN# 0495012289

The definite integral. Techniques of integration. Applications. Introduction to sequences and series. (The syllabus corresponds approximately to Chapters 5-8,10, and 11 of the current text, omitting the following sections: 7.6,7.7,8.3- 8.5,10.6, 11.8-11.12.)


LINEAR ALGEBRA

Text: Elementary Linear Algebra, 2nd edition, Keith Nicholson, Mc-Graw-Hill, ISBN#0070911428

MATH 133 Vectors, Matrices and Geometry.
Geometric vectors in three dimensions, dot product, cross product, lines and planes; systems of linear equations, matrices, inverses, determinants, eigenvectors and eigenvalues; introduction to vector spaces, linear dependence and independence, bases; quadratic loci in two and three dimensions.

TEXT: Tan: College Mathematics for Managerial, Life and Social Sciences, 5th edition.


PHYSICS

Text: Serway and Jewett, Physics for Scientists and Engineers,
6th edition, Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2003, ISBN 0534 40845 1, or
0534 42374 4.

PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves.
One and two dimensional motions, dynamics, work and energy, rotation motion, gravitation, oscillation and waves.

PHYS 142 Electromagnetism and Optics.
Charge and matter, electrostatics, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, RLC circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves; geometrical and physical optics.