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Kim N. Gunnerson
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 is the second quarter of a three quarter sequences. Topics covered in this class will be Thermodynamics; i.e. energy, enthalpy, spontaneity, entropy, and free energy, Electrochemistry, Atomic Theory and Quantum Mechanics, and Chemical Bonds. This class includes a laboratory component.

Student learning goals

Develop quantitative problem solving skills and apply those skills to solve problems involving chemistry. You should be able to successfully do calculations involving thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

Develop an understanding of the chemistry involved in galvanic and electrolytic cells.

Develop an understanding of how atomic theory has evolved in time as well an understanding of the modern atomic theory describe by quantum mechanics.

Develop an understanding of scientific models used to describe chemical bonding.

Develop basic laboratory skills and understand common laboratory practices, procedures, and safety issues. You should know how to use the safety features of the lab, how to use a lab notebook, and how to use common lab equipment such as burettes, graduated cylinders, and balances.

Develop skills associated with using directed inquiry to learn chemistry.

General method of instruction

Instruction for this course will consist of lectures and guided inquiry activities. The guided inquiry activities are designed to allow students to work in groups to further their understanding of the topics by answering a series of questions related to the topic. In addition, the expectation is that the students will use their textbooks to also support their learning of the material. With this in mind, reading and homework assignments will be assigned from the textbook.

Recommended preparation

1) This is a quantitative course and requires some basic math skills. Knowledge of algebra and equation manipulations, logarithms, and basic statistics will be the most helpful skills to have. In addition, experience with solving word problems is helpful. 2) Successful completion of BCUSP 142 (or equivalent) is required for success in this class.

Class assignments and grading

The assignments will consist of readings and homework from the textbook. This work will be assessed via weekly quizzes over the material covered in the homework. In addition, completion of the guided inquiry activities will be used for assessment. There will be at least 2 midterms and a comprehensive final. For the laboratory component, students will be required to submit lab reports.

The final grade for this course will consist of quiz scores, guided inquiry assignments, midterm scores, laboratory reports, and the final exam.


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 Kim N. Gunnerson
Date: 07/29/2010