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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 112
Course Title: Chemistry II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A continuation of CHEM 110. Topics to be covered include kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and coordination complexes. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in CHEM 110.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in CHEM 110.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

By J. McMurray and R. Fay (Prentice Hall)
Chemistry: The Central Science
By T. Brown, et. al. (Prentice Hall)
By J. Olsted and G. Williams (Wiley)
By R. Chang (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To apply the principles of thermodynamics to chemical reactions.
  • To analyze reactions in terms of chemical kinetics.
  • To examine chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry and electrochemistry.
  • To predict nuclear stability and describe nuclear reactions.
  • To describe metal complexes and their equilibria.
    Measurable Learning
  • Utilize all information and skills learned in CHEM 110.
  • State the three laws of thermodynamics.
  • Distinguish between enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs free energy.
  • Use tabulated thermodynamic data to determine whether reactions are spontaneous or nonspontaneous.
  • Determine rate laws and orders of reactions.
  • Relate concentration and time for first- and second-order reactions.
  • Define the rate determining step in a reaction and explain catalysis.
  • Explain chemical equilibrium and use Le Chatelier’s Principle.
  • State the Arrhenius, Lewis, and Bronsted-Lowry definitions of acids and bases.
  • Compute pH of weak and strong acid solutions, and of buffer solutions.
  • Calculate solubility product constant and vice versa.
  • Diagram galvanic and electrolytic cells, labeling their various components.
  • Calculate standard cell potentials, and calculate cell potentials using the Nernst equation.
  • Identify and describe coordination compounds.
  • Predict nuclear stability and differentiate between types of nuclear reactions.
  • Identify types of radiation.
  • Calculate half-life and relate the amount of radionuclide in a given sample of time.
  • Name simple organic compounds.
  • Identify the monomer unit in a polymer.
  • Describe basic biochemicals such as amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and/or nucleic acids.
    Topical Outline:
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Hydrogen, oxygen, water
  • Aqueous equilibria
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrochemistry
  • The main-group elements
  • Transition elements
  • Metals and solid-state materials
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Alan James Date: November 11, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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