Spring 2024

Chemical Principles

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-161


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.

How to handle overenrollment: In the fall, preference is given to Amherst College sophomores.

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.

CHEM 161 - LEC

Section 01
M 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE E210
W 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE E210
F 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE E210

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
General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications 11th Edition Pearson Petrucci Ralph H., Herring F. Geoffrey, Madura Jeffry D., Bissonnette Carey 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, Spring 2025