General Chemistry II – chm151 (4 credits)

This course continues the examination of principles and applications of chemistry that was begun in CHM/150: General Chemistry I. Topics include properties of solutions, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, oxidation–reduction, ionic and redox equations, and electrochemistry. Students apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through hands-on labs.

This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds

  • Apply the valence bond theory.
  • Describe the properties, distribution, structures, and alloys of metals.
  • Write electron configurations for transition metals.
  •  Identify complex ions and common ligands.
  • Compare types of isomers.

Electrochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry

  • Balance Oxidation-Reduction Equations.
  • Explain the electrochemical cell and standard electrode potential.
  • Predict the spontaneous direction of a redox reaction.
  • Calculate delta G for reactions.
  • Calculate E(degree)cell under nonstandard conditions.
  • Explain batteries and electrolysis.
  • Calculate radioactive decay.
  • Compare fission and fusion.

Ionic Equilibria and Entropy

  • Describe qualitative analysis.
  • Explain the second law of thermodynamics.
  • Explain complex ion equilibria.
  • Predict precipitation reactions.
  • Calculate changes in entropy.

Solution Chemistry and Chemical Kinetics

  • Determine the solubility of a solute in a solvent.
  • Quantify solubility using Henry’s law.
  • Calculate the concentrations of solutions.
  • Determine the order, rate law, and rate constant of a reaction.
  • Analyze the effects of temperature on reaction rates.
  • Explain reaction mechanisms.

Catalysis and Chemical Equilibrium

  • Compare catalyzed and uncatalyzed reactions.
  • Write equilibrium expressions.
  • Predict reaction direction.
  • Calculate equilibrium concentrations and constants.
  • Determine how changes in temperature, concentration, and volume affect equilibrium.

Nonmetals and Organic Chemistry

  • Describe main-group elements.
  • Explain the uniqueness of carbon.
  • Describe hydrocarbons.
  • Compare the properties of silicates, nonmetals and halogens.

Acids, Bases, Buffers and Solubility Equilibria

  • Compare acids and bases.
  • Calculate pH and pOH.
  • Use Kw in calculations for acidic, basic, and neutral solutions.
  • Explain buffer characteristics, range and capacity.
  • Interpret titration curves.
  • Calculate solubility product constants.

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