2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

General Chemistry


Fall 2012, Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

Peter Pessiki chemistry
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
science, medicine
Entry in winter and spring quarters requires proficiency in chemistry equivalent to the successful completion of prior quarters.  Contact the instructor for an assessment of proficiency.

This year-long program in general chemistry provides prerequisites for many studies in science, health, and medicine as well as basic laboratory science for students seeking a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Emphasis in fall quarter will be placed on calculations involving conversions, molar quantities, and thermodynamics.  Understanding atoms in terms of subatomic particles, chemical reactivity of inorganic compounds, and the gas laws will also be covered. We will end with an in-depth investigation of atomic structure and periodicity.  In the laboratory, students will routinely utilize a variety of scientific glassware and equipment and be taught how to handle chemicals safely.  Students will also learn to be observant of chemical changes and to make precise physical measurements.  Relevant scientific literature is introduced and often used to retrieve needed physical data.

Winter quarter will start with a thorough investigation of how atoms unite to form molecules with a focus on covalent bonding.  Next we will focus on the role of intermolecular forces in liquids and solids.  This will be followed by chemical kinetics and an in-depth investigation of equilibrium.  We will end the quarter with an introduction to acid-base chemistry.  Labs will include titrations, crystal growth, pH titrations, and absorption spectroscopy.  An introduction to chemical instrumentation will be incorporated into lab exercises, and students will be required to utilize chemical drawing programs.

Spring quarter will continue with acid-base chemistry, pH, and polyprotic acids.  Next we will look at buffers and complex ion equilibria.  We then will cover entropy and free energy followed by an introduction to electrochemistry and electrochemical cells.  Our final few weeks will be spent investigating a wide range of topics including transition metals and the crystal field model, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics.  The lab portion of the class will include buffer making, electrochemical measurements, and the use of ion exchange columns.  In addition, students will be expected to partake in the on-campus Science Carnival as well as attend a locally held science conference.

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Mon/Wed
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 3rd, 2012 The meeting times for this program have been changed to Mon/Wed.