Course Content and Outcome Guide for CH 223 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
CH 223
Course Title:
General Chemistry III
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Course Description

Explores acid-base chemistry, ionic equilibria; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; thermodynamics; and descriptive chemistry topics. Includes special topics as time and interest allow. This is the third course in a three course sequence. Prerequisites: CH 222 or CH 222H. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Special topics will be included as time and interest allows. Special topics may include: acid rain, bioenergetics industrial processes, kinetics of cellular metabolism, alternative fuels and the use of elements in nature and industry. Recommended for chemistry and other natural science majors, pre-professional majors in engineering, medicine and dentistry. Chemistry 223 is the third of a three terms, 15-credit hour (5 hours/term), chemistry sequence designed to provide a year of general chemistry to science majors. It will meet transfer school requirements for such science majors as: chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, pre-medicine, and other pre-professional programs. The class consists of lecture and laboratory. The lecture time is used to provide the student with basic chemical concepts and mathematical applications to chemistry.  The laboratory re-enforces concepts presented in lecture and provides the student a hands-on opportunity to explore these.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental principles of chemical equilibrium as applied to solubility, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction and electrochemistry, and other reactive species, as well as thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry to subsequent courses that depend upon these principles for comprehension such as in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and related disciplines.
  • Apply the fundamentals of chemistry to the understanding of themselves and their natural and technological environments.
  • Solve specific problems encountered in everyday life and professional settings using both qualitative and quantitative reasoning skills.
  • Collaborate to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively and timely in a team environment.
  • Communicate complex scientific and technological ideas, models and conclusions through the generation of informal and formal writings and reports in a scientifically acceptable manner.
  • Examine scientific information for source bias and evaluate the validity of the conclusions drawn from the data.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The assessment methods may include one or more of the following: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, small group problem solving," oral presentations or maintenance of a personal lab notebook.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Chemical Kinetics
  2. Dynamic Equilibria
  3. Acid-Base Chemistry
  4. Thermodynamics
  5. Electrochemistry
  6. Nuclear Chemistry
  7. Special Topics
    1. Acid Rain
    2. Bioenergetics
    3. Industrial Processes
    4. Kinetics of cellular Metabolism
    5. Alternative Fuels
    6. Elements in Nature and Industry