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This course is the second of a two-semester sequence addressing the fundamental principles of organic chemistry, emphasizing the structure and reactivity of aromatic and carbonyl compounds.  In addition, significant study will be devoted to bioorganic compounds, including carbohydrates and amino acids.  The course is directed mainly at chemistry and life science majors, including students intending to enroll in medical, dental, and pharmacy school later in their academic career.

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.