Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Ch 111: General Chemistry Laboratory

I enjoy teaching the General Chemistry laboratory course at Cooper Union, and assist with its instrumentation needs. The course is roughly equivalent to the sophomore-level course in Quantitative Analysis typically offered to chemistry majors at other colleges. It is team-taught by a group of highly experienced full-time and adjunct faculty and requires four significant written reports on four 3-week long experiments. One highlight is the experiment in atmospheric gas chromatography, which uses Vernier interfaces to laptop computers for data acquisition and subsequent numerical analysis.