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Brandon Dearmond Finley
B CHEM 162
Bothell Campus

General Chemistry III

Covers covalent bonding, chemical kinetics, liquids and solids, properties of solutions, the elements in groups 1A-4A, the elements in groups 5A-8A, transition metals and coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry. Includes laboratory. Third of a three-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: 2.0 in B CHEM 152.

Class description

This is the final general chemistry course. We will cover a very diverse set of topics including chemical bonding in molecules, chemical kinetics, transition metals, coordination chemistry, properties of solids and liquids, and an introduction to topics in organic chemistry.

Student learning goals

Be able to discuss and explain chemical bonding in covalent compounds. This includes understanding bond properties, bonding trends on the periodic table, and the organization of electrons in molecules.

Discuss, explain, and calculate properties dealing with chemical kinetics. You should understand why molecules react, how fast they react, and what properties govern the speed of reactions.

Be able to explain properties of solids and liquids. You should understand how chemical properties influence bulk properties of solid sand liquids (surface tension, viscosity, electron movement, etc)

Know some of the chemistry that makes transition metals unique. In addition, you should be able to draw, name, and describe coordination compounds and the role of metals in these compounds.

You should understand and apply new measurements tools in the laboratory. These will include FTIR, UV-Vis absorption spectra, kinetics methods, synthesis reactions, and purity testing.

General method of instruction

Instruction will consist mainly of lectures, but will also include some interactive exercises using clickers or group work. There will be plenty of in-class problem solving exercises to practice using the equation and concepts presented.

Recommended preparation

A 2.0 or better in BCHEM 152 is required.

Class assignments and grading

There will be several different types of assignments- weekly homework questions, bi-weekly problem sets, a midterm, a final, the laboratory, in-class assignments (clickers, exercises, etc), and quizzes. To pass the course you must receive a passing grade in the lab. Some assignments (e.g. problem sets) will be geared toward teaching problem solving skills and will be graded based on the quality of your work and thought process rather than the correctness of your answer. Some of these (e.g. homework, clickers, etc) will be geared toward practicing the basics- definitions, equations, and chemical knowledge. These assignments are graded on accuracy.

There are roughly 1,000 points available in the course. Points will be distributed amongst the various assignments, with more points given to more difficult or time-consuming work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Brandon Dearmond Finley
Date: 05/29/2013