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Chemistry 401 - General Chemistry Part 2

Course Topics

The topics for this course are typically allocated as follows (approximate number of lecture and lab hours spent on each topic are shown in the left columns):

Lec
Lab
Topic
4
0
Structure and bonding; intermolecular forces and solubility; Molecular Orbital theory.
0
3
Identifying intermolecular forces and their effects on solubility.
0
3
Applying intermolecular forces in chromatography.
6
0
Kinetics: rate laws, mechanisms, catalysis, activation energy.
0
6
Determining the rate and rate law of a reaction.
0
6
Determining the effect of a catalyst on the activation energy and analyzing the suitability of a mechanism.
6
0
Introduction to equilibrium: mass action expressions; equilibrium expression; calculating Kc and Qc in order to determine directional shifts.
0
3
Measuring conductivity and writing net ionic equations.
0
6
Studying spectroscopy in the UV-Visible region
4
0
Calculating final equilibria concentration of species; using Le Chatelier's principle to explain effects of stresses on species concentrations.
0
6
Applying LeChatelier's principle.
6
0
Acids and bases: recognizing strong acids and bases and weak acids and bases; recognizing Kw, Ka, Kb; calculating pH; writing hydrolysis equations.
0
3
Measuring the pH of solutions and writing hydrolysis reactions.
3
0
Constructing titration curves and determining equivalence points, buffer regions, and pKa values.
0
6
Determining equilibrium constants of weak polyprotic acids and dibasic salts.
0
6
Constructing titration curves and determining buffer range and buffer capacity; drawing alpha curves.
0
6
Using Beer's Law to determine concentrations: an application of UV-Visible spectroscopy.
6
0
Solubility equilibria and complex ion equilibria: solubility product principles; Ksp; and qualitative analysis.
0
3
Determining the solubility of an insoluble salt.
0
6
Determining the formation constant of a complex ion.
0
3
Performing qualitative analysis of ions: part 1.
0
6
Performing qualitative analysis of ions: part 2.
0
6
Performing qualitative analysis of ions: part 3.
3
0
Coordination chemistry.
0
6
Synthesizing coordination compounds and explaining their properties using Crystal Field Theory.
6
0
Thermodynamics: enthalpy, entropy and free energy; laws of thermodynamics; standard and nonstandard conditions.
0
6
Determining the enthalpy, the entropy and the free energy of a reaction.
6
0
Electrochemistry: oxidation and reduction potentials, voltaic cells, Nernst equation, electrolysis.
0
6
Determining an oxidizing agent series; measuring cell potentials and determining equilibrium constants.
2
0
An introduction to organic chemistry: aliphatic, aromatic and functional groups.
0
6
Studying organic nomenclature and identifying functional groups.
0
6
Lab orientation and safety; exploring spreadsheet applications.
2
0
Final exam

 

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: