Fall 2023

Introductory Chemistry

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-151


Richmond J. Ampiah-Bonney (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)
Sandra Burkett (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)


This course examines the structure of matter from both a microscopic and macroscopic viewpoint. We begin with a detailed discussion of the physical structure of atoms, followed by an analysis of how the interactions between atoms lead to the formation of molecules. The relationship between the structures of molecular compounds and their properties is then described. Experiments in the laboratory component provide experience in conducting quantitative chemical measurements and illustrate principles discussed in the lectures. Placement into CHEM 151 is determined by the chemistry department.

Each laboratory section is limited to 20 students. In the fall, sufficient laboratory sections will be added to meet total enrollment. The spring semester is limited to two laboratory sections. Four class hours and three hours of laboratory per week. 

Fall Semester: Professor Burkett. Spring Semester: Professor Durr. 

How to handle overenrollment: In the spring, preference is given to Amherst College first-year students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on quantitative work, group work, in-class quizzes and exams, and laboratory work.

CHEM 151 - LEC

Section 01
M 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE A011
W 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE A011

CHEM 151 - DIS

Section 02F
F 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE A011

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 Chemistry 2e OpenStax, 2019 Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold, Richard Langley, William R. Robinson open-access textbook (https://openstax.org/books/chemistry-2e/pages/1-introduction) TBD
All General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications Saylor Foundation, 2011 Bruce Averill, Patricia Eldredge open-access textbook (https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/69) TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024