Topic outline

  • General

  • From kinetics to equilibrium

    Investigation of factors which affect the rates of chemical reactions leads to a deeper understanding of chemical equilibrium and a quantitative treatment of reaction systems. The balance of opposing reactions in chemical equilibrium systems has issues relating to commercial/industrial production.

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  • Acids and bases

    Acids and bases have an effect on aqueous systems. Many acid-base systems involve proton transfer and are described quantitatively. Students will be encouraged to value the role of precise observation and careful experimentation while looking at safe handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals. There are several ways of defining acids and bases.

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  • Thermochemistry

    Energy is the essence of our existence as individuals and as a society. An abundance of fossil fuels has led to a world-wide appetite for energy. There are pros and cons to using fossil fuels. The relationship between energy and chemistry needs to be explored to help us find alternative fuels. Thermochemistry includes energy changes that occur with physical and chemical processes. The study of energy production and the application of chemical change related to practical situations has helped society to progress.

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  • Electrochemistry

    Matter is electrical in nature and some of its most important particles— electrons, protons, and ions—carry electric charge. When an electrical potential is applied between electrodes placed in a solution of ions, ions migrate to oppositely charged electrodes and chemical reactions take place. Quantitative aspects of this electrolysis are important in analytical chemistry and the chemical industry

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