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St. Bonaventure University


Spring 2021

Course information


Classroom Location

G21 Walsh Science Center

Class Schedule

MWF, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Course Description

Course Pre-Requesite

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Departmental Learning Outcomes

Attendance & Absences

Calculators & Other Technology

Class Notes

Course Description

Course Description

Three hours of lecture per week. A continuation of Chemistry 101. Topics covered include chemical kinetics, acid-base chemistry, gas-phase and solution equilibria, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, and some descriptive chemistry.

Course Pre-Requisite & Co-Requisite

CHEM-101 must be completed prior to taking this course.

CHML-102 must be completed prior to or at the same time as this course.

Course Objectives

  • Students will understand the general principles of chemistry. They will compare, contrast, and predict physical & chemical properties based on atomic and molecular structure

  • Student will demonstrate the ability to solve quantitative problems.

  • Students will recognize the role of chemistry in real world issues.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of common reactions and reaction mechanisms of the elements & compounds.

  • Students will be prepared for subsequent high-level chemistry courses.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Determine molecular and electronic geometries based on Lewis Structures

  • Describe the covalent bonding schemes in simple molecules in terms of VSEPR or MO theory

  • Interpret and use MO energy-level diagrams

  • Relate molecular structure, intermolecular forces, and macroscopic properties such as boiling point and surface tension

  •  Interpret and use phase diagrams

  • Understand solid-state bonding

  • Relate equilibrium constants and component concentrations

  • Relate equilibrium disturbances to induced reaction direction

  • Relate reaction rates, rate constants, rate orders, and component concentrations

  • Relate reaction rates, temperature, catalysts, and activation energy

  • Relate reaction mechanisms and experimental rate laws

  • Understand the molecular nature of entropy and determine the entropy changes of certain processes

  • Relate enthalpy changes, entropy changes, temperature, and reaction spontaneity

  • Relate cell voltages and component concentrations

Departmental Learning Outcomes

The Chemistry Departmental Learning Outcomes can be found here:

Calculators & Other Technology

Calculators must be scientific. Programmable and graphing calculators are not allowed. Please see the Moodle page or interactive syllabus for suggestions. Phones cannot be used as calculators. You are encouraged to use the same calculator for all parts of chemistry (during class, homework, exams, lab, etc.)

Cell phones are not to be used during class outside of collaborative activities, such as Socrative.


Laptops and tablets are permitted for notetaking but taking notes by hand is strongly recommended.

Course Pre-reqs
Course Objectives
Calculators & Other Technology
Class Notes

Class Notes

It has been demonstrated through experience that the students who do the following, in the indicated sequence, generally obtain higher grades in the class.

  1. Read the relevant chapter once lightly before attending the class (even though it may not be well understood at that point).

  2. Regularly attend (and participate in) the lectures to obtain a verbal presentation of the material in a somewhat different fashion with important points emphasized. 

  3. Read the chapter a second time (more carefully), while simultaneously reviewing the lecture notes, and doing the assigned problems within the chapter.

The lecture notes along with the added notes you mark on them while simultaneously reading the chapter make an excellent study summary to focus on in preparing for the exams.

Class courtesy is also an important aspect of the course.  The use of cellular phones, unrelated discussions, and interruption of the questions of fellow students is discouraged. If you are disruptive to the class, you will be asked to leave in order to maintain a productive learning environment. Every student is welcome in this class. Therefore, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination are not permitted. Inappropriate remarks will not be tolerated and may result in grade penalties.

Attendance & Absences

There is not a grade given for attendance in this class. Attendance information will still be collected. Attendance is critical for success in this class, and it is the student’s responsibility to attend the course as much as possible without putting themselves, classmates, or the instructor at risk. If you are feeling ill, do not attend class.

If your mode of attendance needs to change for any reason, inform your instructor ASAP and provide documentation; remote access via Zoom will be available by the next class day.

It is the responsibility of each student to notify the instructor if there is a university excused absence for the exams at least 72 hours (3 days) prior. RESCHEDULED EXAMINATIONS REQUIRE A VALID REASON with documentation. All unexcused assignments and examinations will be given a grade of ZERO!

Attendance & Absences
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