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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 periods will largely focus on data analysis, literature, scientific writing, ethics, and other skills critical to students’ development as scientists. There may also be the opportunity for some hands-on laboratory experience for students who are on-campus. 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.
Format: lecture/laboratory; Lecture/discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, two hours per week
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
quantitative weekly problem set assignments, laboratory work and reports, hour tests, and a final exam
Students are required to take the online Chemistry Placement Survey prior to registering for the course (chemistry.williams.edu/placement); incoming first-year students are required to meet with a faculty member during First Days.
incoming first year students also must meet with a faculty member during First Days
CHEM 153 or its equivalent is a prerequisite to CHEM 156; one of CHEM 151 or 153 or 155 required for the BIMO concentration
This course fulfills the QFR requirement with regular and substantial problem sets in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced and evaluated.
BIMO Required Courses