Spring 2009
General Chemistry II, NSC505

Instructor Todd Smith
Location Science 216
Days & Time M, W, F 9:30-10:20
Text Principles of general chemistry, by M. Silberberg
Office & contact Sci 110, x676, todds@marlboro.edu

Course Description
The central focus of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter. In the second half of this course we will examine in detail intermolecular forces, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of organic chemistry and thermodynamics. Environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment.

We will start each chapter with an overview & presentation of selected topics, followed by discussions of the chapter, problem-solving sessions and homework review.

Goals of the course
Through this course students should:
  • Appreciate the connections between chemistry and other physical and life sciences
  • Have a solid understanding of the central concepts of general chemistry
  • Gained greater ability and confidence in problem-solving

Grading Policy
Students are expected to attend all lectures and to complete all reading assignments. There will be two 1-hour exams during class, weekly homework assignments, a 5-page paper, and a final exam. The one-hour exams are worth 100 points each, homework 20 points each, paper 100 points, and the final is worth 100 points. The grade received in the course will be the ratio of points earned to points possible: 90% & above = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D. Diligent and conscientious participation in class and on assignments will boost borderline grades to the higher grade.
If extenuating circumstances will prevent you from taking an exam notify me as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements for administering the exam.

Paper assignment – due 4/25/08
The general topic for this paper is chemistry and energy efficiency. Your paper must describe the chemical processes that underlie technology designed to make human activities more energy-efficient. Examples: fuel cells, new battery technology, and LED lighting. For you paper you must cite at least two articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals. The citation format you should use is that of the Council of Science Editors.

General Chemistry I, NSC158

Projected course syllabus

Week of 1/22
  • Intro & welcome back; why is CO2 a "greenhouse gas"?

Week of 1/26
  • Chapter 12: Intermolecular forces: liquids, solids, phase changes;
      • Green chemistry & super-critical CO2

Week of 2/2
  • Chapter 13: The properties of mixtures: solutions & colloids

Week of 2/9
  • Chapter 15: Organic compounds and atomic properties of carbon
      • Discuss paper topics

Week of 2/16
  • Chapter 15: Organic chemistry continued

Week of 2/23
  • Catch-up, review, exam 1 on Friday 2/27

Week of 3/2
  • Chapter 16: Reaction kinetics: rates & mechanisms of chemical reactions

Week of 3/9
  • Chapter 16: Reaction kinetics continued
      • Note: guest teachers on Wed. and Fri.

Spring break

Week of 3/30
  • Chapter 17: Equilibrium: the extent of chemical reactions

Week of 4/6
  • Chapter 18: Acid-base equilibria; how does a buffer resist change in pH?
      • Why is "acid rain" toxic to fish?

Week of 4/13
  • Chapter 20: Thermodynamics - why do some reactions occur spontaneously?
      • Papers due Friday, 4/17

Week of 4/20
    • Catch-up, review, exam 2 on Friday 4/24

Week of 4/27
  • Chapter 21: Electrochemistry - chemical change and electrical work; batteries, fuel cells & solar panels

Week of 5/4

  • Reading days, 5/7 & 8

Exam days
  • 5/9, 11, 12
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