CHEM& 163: General Chemistry III

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Natural Science with Lab

Acid-base theory and practice, the chemistry of metals and metal cations, including oxidation and reduction potentials and electrochemistry, equilibria related to ion solubility and complex-ion formation. Entropy and free energy applied to equilibrium phenomena. Discussion and measurement of the qualitative and quantitative chemistry of common ions. Includes two weekly laboratories.

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  1. Acid-base equilibria; weak acids, bases, the influence of salts on pH, and the common-ion effect; the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation and buffers; titrations.
    Lab: Check in and Acid-Base Titration
  2. The solubility product constant; solubility and the common-ion effect; complex-ion equilibria; the effect of pH on solubility
    Lab: Ksp of Pb(IO3)2 and Electrochemical Cells
  3. Electrochemistry: half-reactions, voltaic cells and cell potential, standard potentials related to periodic table position and capacity as oxidizing or reducing agent
    Lab: Introduction to “Qual”, Group I Cation Analysis (Known and Unknown)
  4. Discussion: Qualitative analysis of group I, II and III cations
    Lab: Group II Cation Analysis (Known and Unknown)
  5. The laws of thermodynamics; entropy, entropy as f(T), the Gibb-Helmholtz equation, free energy and spontaneity
    Lab: Group III Cation Analysis (Known and Unknown)
  6. Water analysis capstone lab project discussions and sample collection field trip
    Lab: Determination of Pb in a Water Sample by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
  7. Free energy and the equilibrium constant
    Lab: General Qualitative Unknowns, Water Quality Measurements
  8. Cell potentials and equilibrium; thermodynamic considerations; cell potential as f(conc.) and the Nernst equation; electrolytic cells
    Lab: General Qualitative Unknowns; Water Quality Measurements
  9. Water project discussion, Water quality laboratory report writing
    Lab: General Qualitative Unknowns, Water Quality Measurements
  10. Discussion and analysis of results and oral presentation
    Lab: Water Quality Report Writing and Check Out Water Quality Reports and Laboratory Notebooks Due