Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II


General course in fundamental chemical principles. Intermolecular forces and phase changes, solutions and colligative properties, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics (entropy and free energy), electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Recommended for majors in chemistry, engineering, biological sciences, plant biology, clinical laboratory science, geological sciences, secondary education (B.S.Ed. in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and integrated science), and preprofessional (biological science) areas. Credit not allowed for both 1220 and 1520.

Requisites: C- or better in CHEM 1510. No credit if CHEM 1220
Credit Hours: 4
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Natural World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 3.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems.
  • Students will be able to balance oxidation-reduction reactions by using established data tables to get a comprehensive overview of a chemical reaction.
  • Students will be able to critically state, describe, and consider several chemical theories and principles including Le Chatelier’s Principle, Transition State Theory, Valence Bond Theory, Ligand Field Theory along with the Three Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Students will be able to determine standard and non-standard cell potentials.
  • Students will be able to determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time and temperature.
  • Students will be able to explain whether equilibrium has been established and calculate equilibrium concentrations.
  • Students will be able to explain the intermolecular attractive forces that determine the properties of the states of matter and phase behavior.
  • Students will be able to perform thermodynamic calculations involving enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs free energy.
  • Students will be able to use colligative properties in determining the characteristic of solutions.
  • Students will be able to construct and explain the operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells.
  • Students will be able to explain nuclear decay processes and their rates.
  • Students will be able to explain reaction mechanisms and how they lead to rate laws.
  • Students will be able to use Le Chatelier’s Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure and temperature changes.
  • Students will be able to analyze assumptions made during equilibrium calculations to determine their validity.
  • Students will be able to use experimental data to determine rate laws.
  • Students will be able to make assumptions with respect to acid / base calculations and determine if those assumptions are valid.
  • Students will be able to hypothesize whether molecules will be able to mix with the use of intermolecular interactions.
  • Students will be able to relate how intermolecular interactions, size, and polarity affect the boiling point of a substance.
  • Students will be able to describe how scientific hypothesis and theories are established and tested, and the historical context of their development.



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