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Brandon Dearmond Finley
B CUSP 152
Bothell Campus

General Chemistry

Energy, enthalpy and thermochemistry, spontaneity, entropy and free energy, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics and atomic theory, general concepts of bonding. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: 1.7 in B CUSP 142.

Class description

This course will continue the general chemistry sequence. We will cover thermochemistry (heat and energy), electrochemistry (oxidation-reduction reactions), quantum mechanics, and bonding of atoms within molecules. These topics are covered conceptually and quantitatively. The course includes a laboratory. To pass the course you must pass the laboratory as well.

Student learning goals

Describe, explain, and solve problems involving energy and heat. You should also describe and explain the 3 laws of thermodynamics, the concepts of entropy and free energy, and solve problems related to energy production and expansion of gases.

Describe, explain, and solve problems involving galvanic cells and oxidation-reduction reactions.

Describe and explain the major ideas of quantum mechanics including atomic orbitals, electron positions and spin, electromagnetic radiation, and atomic trends of the periodic table.

Understand and explain different models that describe how atoms bond to each other to form molecules.

Develop lab skills in more depth. This includes writing scientific lab reports, learning to present data clearly, and learning to support statements with experimental data.

General method of instruction

Instruction will consist of lectures, in class problem solving, and group work in the laboratory. Lectures are geared toward explanations of new concepts and vocabulary. After new ideas are introduced we will spend time solving problems and applying the concepts to real world situations.

Recommended preparation

A passing grade in chemistry 142 (or an equivalent course) is required. This is a quantitative course that involves significant problem solving and strong math skills will help significantly. Experience with problem solving will also be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

This course uses a variety of assignments. There will be weekly on-line homework, additional problem sets, workbook activities, weekly quizzes, one midterm, and one final. The laboratory will consist of group work during lab. Post-lab activities include data analysis, answering short questions, and producing short write ups.

Grades are assigned based on how well you demonstrate mastery of the conceptual, theoretical, and mathematical material. I am process oriented and count understanding of the chemistry above absolute mathematical accuracy. You can demonstrate your understanding by using correct vocabulary, answering questions completely and thoughtfully, and using correct math to arrive at accurate answers.


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: 02/26/2011