CHEM 153
Concepts of Chemistry Fall 2019
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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This course broadens and deepens the foundation in chemistry of students who have had typically one year of chemistry at the high school level. Most students begin study of chemistry at Williams with this course. Familiarity with stoichiometry, basic concepts of equilibria, and the model of an atom is expected. Principal topics for this course include kinetic theory of gases, modern atomic theory, molecular structure and bonding, states of matter, chemical equilibrium (acid-base and solubility), and an introduction to atomic and molecular spectroscopies. Laboratory work includes synthesis, qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis, and molecular modeling. The course is of interest to students who anticipate professional study in chemistry, related sciences, or one of the health professions, as well as to those who want to explore the fundamental ideas of chemistry as part of their general education.
The Class: Type: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 16/lab
Expected: 70
Class#: 1370
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quantitative weekly problem set assignments, laboratory work and reports, hour tests, and a final exam
Extra Info: information about the Chemistry Placement Test can be found at
Prerequisites: all students are required to take the online Chemistry Placement Test prior to registering for the course (and incoming first year students are required to meet with a faculty member during First Days)
Enrollment Preferences: incoming first year students also must meet with a faculty member during First Days
Unit Notes: one of CHEM 151 or 153 or 155 required for the BIMO concentration
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Attributes: BIMO Required Courses

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