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General Chemistry

General Chemistry

General Chemistry courses are core science courses that, in addition to serving as the first step towards an undergraduate chemistry degree, also lays the foundation for students to pursue more specialized studies in other fields of science and engineering. The overall goal of General Chemistry courses is to teach students to think about the properties and behavior of the macroscopic world in terms of the structure and arrangement of the constituent molecules and atoms.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for General Chemistry are: to understand the molecular nature of all phases of matter, to understand the various ways of depicting chemical compounds and chemical reactions, to develop an ability to solve basic quantitative problems regarding the properties of molecules, chemical equilibria, and chemical kinetics, and to develop the ability to appropriately apply this knowledge to general scientific problems in various fields of science and engineering.

Upon completion, the student should understand:

  1. The basic structures of atoms, ions, and molecules, and ways to quantitatively describe the properties of atoms and molecules in the various phases of pure matter and in mixtures.
  2. The reactivity of atoms, ions, and molecules, and the various qualitative and quantitative methods for describing or depicting chemical reactions.
  3. The concept of chemical equilibrium, and the energies that drive chemical reactions: an introduction to the field of thermodynamics.
  4. The concept of chemical kinetics and the energy required to initiate a chemical reaction.
  5. The relationship between the electronic configurations of atoms and molecules and their chemical properties: an introduction to the field of quantum mechanics.

CHEM 131 Preparation for General Chemistry (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

Description: For students lacking preparation in chemistry. Provides background in algebra and elementary concepts of chemistry in preparation for entering the General Chemistry sequence. (Three lecture hours/week) Fall, Spring, and Summer. Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Placement exam

Description: Basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry. Introduction to solution phase chemistry. Gas phase chemistry. Introduction to thermodynamics, including enthalpies of formation and reaction. Introduction to atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, molecular structure. (3 lecture hours/week) Spring and Fall. DP. Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 161L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: CHEM 161 (or concurrent).

Description: Laboratory experiments introducing techniques and fundamental principles of chemistry. (One 3-hour laboratory session/week) Spring and Fall. DY Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM 161

Description: (Continuation of CHEM 161) Liquids and solids. Solutions and colligative properties. Continuation of thermodynamics, including entropy and free energy. Principles and applications of chemical equilibrium, including acid-base chemistry (titrations, buffers). Kinetics. Redox reactions and electrochemistry. (3 lecture hours/week) Spring and Fall. DP Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 162L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: CHEM 161L and CHEM 162 (or concurrent).

Description: Laboratory experiments introducing techniques and fundamental principles of chemistry. (One 3-hour laboratory session/week) Spring and Fall. DY Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 171 Principles of Chemistry (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: High-school chemistry and MATH 215 or MATH 241 or MATH 251A.

Description: Principles, theories and elementary analytical methods of chemistry. For physical science majors and engineering students. DP

CHEM 171L Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: CHEM 171 (or concurrent)

Description: Laboratory experiments illustrating fundamental principles of chemistry. DY

CHEM 181A Honors General Chemistry (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: High-school chemistry and MATH 215 or MATH 241 or MATH 251A.

Description: Rigorous, in-depth introduction to chemical principles with emphasis on experimental and applied aspects of modern chemistry. (Three lecture hours/ week) Fall only. DP Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 181L Honors General Chemistry Laboratory (1 Credit)

Corequisite: CHEM 181A.

Description: Laboratory experiments illustrating fundamental principles of chemistry involving advanced techniques and modern instrumentation. (One 3-hour lab session/week) Fall only. DY