Fall 2021

Chemical Principles

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-161

Formerly listed as: CHEM-12


Stephen F. Cartier (Section 01)


As a bridge to prior learning, we will begin with the study of intermolecular forces and their ubiquitous role in chemistry and biology. We will then introduce chemical kinetics to understand the role temperature, concentration, and catalysts play in determining the speeds at which chemical reactions occur and to introduce the concept of chemical equilibrium. Through a thorough treatment of the laws of thermodynamics, we will develop a quantitative understanding of the factors which determine the extent to which chemical reactions can occur before reaching the state of equilibrium. The course will consist of asynchronous lectures and synchronous group work, discussion, problem solving, and labs. Appropriate laboratory experiments supplement the lecture material. Four class hours and three hours of laboratory work per week.

Requisite: CHEM 151, or consent of the instructor; and MATH 111 or placement by the Mathematics department into MATH 121 or higher.

Fall and Spring semesters: Lecturer Cartier.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Group work, in-class quizzes and exams, quantitative work, lab work, peer evaluation. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
CHEM 161 - LEC

Section 01
M 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM SCCE E108


Section 01
W 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM SCCE E208
F 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM SCCE E208


Section 01
Tu 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM SCCE B117

Section 02
Tu 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM SCCE B117

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Chemical Principles, 8th ed. Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning Steven S. Zumdahl and Donald J. DeCoste Earlier editions of the textbook are acceptable. In particular, the 5th 6th and 7th editions will be fine. TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022