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Kim N. Gunnerson
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 course is the third quarter of a three quarter sequences. Topics covered in this class will be 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. This class includes a laboratory component.

Student learning goals

Develop an understanding of present models to describe molecular structure and bonding in chemical compounds.

Develop quantitative problem solving skills and apply those skills to solve problems involving chemistry. You should be able to successfully do calculations involving kinetics of reactions, and colligative properties of solutions.

Continue to develop an understanding of the information contained in the periodic table as well as understanding relevance of position in the period table of elements.

Develop an understaning of how structure can be used to describe properties of coordinated compounds.

Begin developing a framework for studying the underlying chemical concepts for the field of organic chemistry.

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.

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 and BCUSP 152 (or equivalent) are 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. Their 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