Archived Versions

5.111 Principles of Chemical Science

As taught in: Fall 2008

Illustration of the progress of a reaction.

The reaction profile shows the potential energy at each step of a chemical reaction. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Catherine Drennan

Dr. Elizabeth Vogel Taylor

Course Features

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic molecules. The emphasis is on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis.

In an effort to illuminate connections between chemistry and biology, a list of the biology-, medicine-, and MIT research-related examples used in 5.111 is provided in Biology-Related Examples.


Development and implementation of the biology-related materials in this course were funded through an HHMI Professors grant to Prof. Catherine L. Drennan.