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CHEM 130 is the first semester of a two semester sequence designed for students intending to major in science and engineering. The lecture course covers classical/modern chemistry, with applications, in stoichiometry and classical atomic theory of chemistry, periodic properties, gas laws, modern quantum theory of atomic and molecular structure and periodic properties, thermochemistry, liquids and solids, and solution chemistry. The laboratory introduces experimental chemistry with examples from all areas of chemistry.

This course is a continuation of CHEM 130. Theory and techniques of elementary physical chemistry are stressed. Emphasis is placed on the dynamics of chemical change using thermodynamics and reaction kinetics as the major tools. A thorough treatment of equilibrium is given, with many examples of acid/base, buffer, solubility, and complex ions. Entropy and free energy, electrochemistry, coordination compounds and a brief introduction to organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry are presented. Various analytical techniques used in modern chemistry are introduced. Descriptive chemistry of representative metallic and nonmetallic elements is included. The laboratory introduces experimental chemistry with examples from areas of kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base and buffer preparation, differential titration, electrochemistry, and qualitative analysis. Modern instrumental methods are used in some exercises.

This course, the first of a two-semester sequence, provides a rigorous introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of organic chemistry. Several topics will be explored in depth, including molecular structure and hybridization, applications of acid/base theory to organic compounds, stereochemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, substitution and elimination reactions, and spectroscopic methods of analysis (e.g. IR, UV/VIS, NMR). Particular emphasis will be placed on thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of reactions and detailed examination of reaction mechanisms. Laboratory exercises are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the essential techniques of organic chemistry, including the determination of melting points, thin-layer and column chromatography, extraction, distillation, and spectroscopic analysis of products. This course is appropriate for students majoring in chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical engineering, and satisfies the admissions requirements for medical, dental, veterinary, and other health-related graduate programs.