2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

General Chemistry

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Peter Pessiki chemistry

Fields of Study: chemistry

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10233 (8)  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20161 (8)  Conditions Students entering in winter must have prior educational experience in chemistry.  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30170 (8)  Conditions Students entering in spring must have prior educational experience in chemistry.  

Credits: 8(F); 8(W); 8(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening


This three-quarter program in general chemistry provides prerequisites for many studies in science, health, and medicine as well as basic laboratory science for students seeking a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Emphasis in fall quarter will be placed on calculations involving conversions, molar quantities, and thermodynamics. Understanding atoms in terms of subatomic particles, chemical reactivity of inorganic compounds, and the gas laws will also be covered. We will end with an in-depth investigation of atomic structure and periodicity. In the laboratory, students will routinely utilize a variety of scientific glassware and equipment and be taught how to handle chemicals safely. Students will also learn to be observant of chemical changes and to make precise physical measurements. Relevant scientific literature is introduced and often used to retrieve needed physical data.

Winter quarter will start with a thorough investigation of how atoms unite to form molecules with a focus on covalent bonding. Next we will focus on the role of intermolecular forces in liquids and solids. This will be followed by chemical kinetics and an in-depth investigation of equilibrium. We will end the quarter with an introduction to acid base chemistry. Labs will include titrations, crystal growth, pH titrations, and absorption spectroscopy. An introduction to chemical instrumentation will be incorporated into lab exercises, and students will be required to utilize chemical drawing programs.

Spring quarter will continue with acid base chemistry, pH, and polyprotic acids. Next we will look at buffers and complex ion equilibria. We then will cover entropy and free energy followed by an introduction to electrochemistry and electrochemical cells. Our final few weeks will be spent investigating a wide range of topics including transition metals and the crystal field model, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. The lab portion of the class will include buffer making, electrochemical measurements, and the use of ion exchange columns. In addition, students will be expected to partake in the on-campus Science Carnival as well as attend a locally held science conference.

Maximum Enrollment: 36

Advertised Schedule: 6-10pm Tue/Thu

Preparatory for studies or careers in: science and medicine.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

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