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Brandon Dearmond Finley
B CUSP 162
Bothell Campus

General Chemistry

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. Prerequisite: 1.7 in B CUSP 152.

Class description

This is the last of the three part series in general chemistry. The course will cover covalent bonding in molecules, chemical kinetics, a study of the periodic table, nuclear chemistry, and a brief introduction to organic chemistry.

Student learning goals

Calculate and discuss chemical kinetics, including what it means, why it is important, the rate at which reactions happen, and key differences between unimolecular, bimolecular, and termolecular reations.

Understand, discuss, and apply concepts related to covalent bonding in molecules. You should be able to calculate bond orders, determine which molecular orbitals are occupied by electrons, and understand how energy affects molecular orbitals.

Understand, explain, and apply concepts related to solids and liquids. You should be able to discuss the molecular arrangement of solids and liquids, use phase diagrams, and do calculations for thermodynamic properties of solids and liquids.

Understand and discuss the periodic table. This includes knowing how the table is constructed, what the common properties of each column are, discussing trends, and knowing the common reactions of different families of elements.

Explain and apply concepts from nuclear chemistry. You should understand radioactivity, calculate radiation exposure, and be able to discuss applications of nuclear chemistry in bombs and electricity production.

You should be able to recognize the major functional groups of organic chemistry, name some simple compounds, and discuss some of the important uses of organic chemistry such as polymers, plastics, and biochemistry.

General method of instruction

The lecture meets three days a week. The first two days will focus on introducing definitions, concepts, and equations. The third day will focus almost exclusively on problem solving and applying the concepts and definitions. In addition to the lecture there will be a laboratory that reinforces the theoretical material from lecture with hands-on experiments.

Recommended preparation

A GPA of 1.7 or higher in Chem 152 is a prerequisite for this course.

This is a quantitative course so strong basic math skills are required. YOu should be comfortable with algebraic equation manipulation, logarithms, and order of operations.

Class assignments and grading

The course will use a variety of assignments- weekly online homework, problem sets (every 2 weeks) that contain difficult problems to improve your problem solving skills, workbook assignments, weekly quizzes, laboratory reports, a midterm exam, and a final exam. There are opportunities to recover points with extra credit assignments.

Grades are assigned based on your performance on all of the assigned work. I work on a simple system- a 60% is a 0.7 GPA. For every 1% above that I add 0.1 to your GPA. This makes 93% or higher a 4.0. There is a 7% buffer built into the class which means I don't curve individual assignments or grades. I am a process oriented instructor and if you can demonstrate that you understand the chemistry involved in the assignment you will lose minimal points for math errors.


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: 03/24/2011