Fall 2022

Fundamtl Chem Principles

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-155


Lara I. Halaoui (Sections 01, 01F, 02F, 04F and 05F)
Jacob H. Olshansky (Sections 01, 01F, 02F, 04F and 05F)


A study of the basic concepts of chemistry for students particularly interested in natural science. Topics to be covered include atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, states of matter, and stoichiometry. These physical principles are applied to a variety of inorganic, organic, and biochemical systems. Both individual and bulk properties of atoms and molecules are considered with an emphasis on the conceptual foundations and the quantitative chemical relationships which form the basis of chemical science. This course is designed to utilize the background of those students with strong preparation in science and mathematics and to provide both breadth in subject matter and depth in coverage. Placement into CHEM 155 is determined by the chemistry department. Four hours of lecture and discussion and three hours of laboratory per week.

Each laboratory section is limited to 20 students. Sufficient sections will be added to meet total enrollment. 

Fall semester: Professor Olshansky and Visiting Professor Halaoui.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will engage in low stakes group activities, problem solving (both quantitative and qualitative), laboratory work, and will be expected to attend lecture. Students will be assessed via online homework, laboratory reports, exams, and participation.

CHEM 155 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E110
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E110
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E110

CHEM 155 - DIS

Section 01F
M 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM SCCE E212

Section 02F
M 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM SCCE E212

Section 04F
Tu 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE E208

Section 05F
M 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM SCCE E208

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.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Chemical Principles, 8th ed Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning Steven S. Zumdahl and Donald J. DeCoste Because we will be using an on-line, textbook independent method for weekly problem sets, earlier editions of the textbook are acceptable. In particular, the 5th 6th and 7th editions will be fine. TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024