ESP Biography


Major: 5

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2014

Picture of Arunima Balan

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Past Classes

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S5986: Color Chemistry: An Introduction to Coordination Chemistry in HSSP Summer 2012 (Jul. 08, 2012)
Description: Have you ever wondered why the Statue of Liberty turned green? Or why venous blood is blue-tinted and arterial blood is red? All of these questions can be answered through application of coordination chemistry. We will go into reaction chemistry of transition metal complexes, their electronic and spectroscopic properties, and the molecular orbital theory of bonding. Be prepared to see a lot of cool colors and compounds! There will be demonstrations!

S4797: Savory Science: Biology and Chemistry in the Kitchen in HSSP Summer 2011 (Jul. 10, 2011)
Have you ever wondered what makes popcorn pop or how caffeine perks you up? Are you just interested in learning about food, and eating some too? In this course we’ll cover a range of topics designed to show the scientific processes behind what you do in the kitchen and will cook and eat foods to illustrate these principles. We will examine topics including the biochemical basis of smell and taste, the use of leavening agents, differences among various dairy products, and the creation of various desserts. The biological and chemical concepts necessary to understand these processes will be taught alongside this material. At the end of the class, students should have a firm grasp of science in the kitchen.