CHRISTOPHER A. PARR

Associate Professor of Chemistry


University of Texas at Dallas           Phone:  (972) 883-2485
Programs in Chemistry M/S BE26          Fax:    (972) 883-2925
Richardson, TX  75083-0688              E-mail: [email protected]
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Education and Experience

1962    B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
1969    Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, California Inst. of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellowships:
1969    University of California, Irvine (D.L. Bunker, deceased)
1970    University of Toronto (J.C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate)

1971-2001       University of Texas at Dallas
1980-1987       College Master, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
1986-1987       Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
1987-1994       Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Fields of Teaching Specialization

Physical Chemistry      General Chemistry       Computer Art
Atmospheric Chemistry   Calculus                Computer Graphics

Research Interests

Educational Technology and its integration into university curricula. How the efficiencies of the computer can be brought to bear on higher education pedagogy to simultaneously interest contemporary students and release faculty time. Multimedia computer assisted learning. The role of simulation in student-directed instruction.

Scientific visualization as a tool for both research and teaching. Incorporation of high resolution graphics in chemistry teaching and research.

Theoretical reaction dynamics via wavepacket and classical trajectory studies. The breakdown of detailed predictions of classical mechanics in molecular motion and the retention of averaged predictions with respect to quantal dynamics.


Representative Publications

C.W. Eaker and C.A. Parr, "Optimization of diatomic state mixing in Diatomics-In-Molecules theory: the CHn potential-energy surface," J. Chem. Phys., 64, 1322 (1976).


C.A. Parr and J.L. Rookstool, "Classical Stretching Dynamics in Methylene," J. Phys. Chem., 13, 963 (1979).



Chris Parr The University of Texas at Dallas PO Box 830688 M/S BE2.6 Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Voice: (972) 883-2485 Fax: (972) 883-2925 BBS: (972) 883-2168 -2932 (V.34) until 15 July 2001 Email: [email protected] [email protected]

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