Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

An honors version of General Chemistry III. Explores acid-base chemistry, ionic equilibria; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; thermodynamics; descriptive chemistry topics. Includes special topics as time and interest allow. This is the third course in a three course sequence. Prerequisites: A €œB€ letter grade or higher in CH 222 or CH 222H.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of this course, students will 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 mathematical and chemical reasoning skills.
  • Collaborate to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively 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 given data.

Honors Specific Outcomes (to include one or more of the following):

  • Apply chemistry based scientific research methods to investigate questions relevant to student's individual interests and to make connections to other sciences and/or the humanities.
  • Examine scientific literature and topics from professional scientific presentations for source bias and evaluate the validity of the conclusions drawn from the given data in writing.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing the effect of the chemistry and chemical concepts on themselves and their environment.
  • Use sustainability ideas and tools to identify and assist green chemistry innovation.

Course Activities and Design

This Honors version of General Chemistry III will require students to investigate, critically evaluate and effectively communicate about primary sources of scientific research and topics from professional scientific presentations. In addition, students will independently apply the scientific method to research a known or unknown scientific question.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written report and oral presentation on the design, development, implementation and results of a laboratory research experiment.

Students will be encouraged to participate at a national or regional chemistry conference by presenting experimental results.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content and concepts are identical to CH 223.
Engagement in the scientific process.