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This course is designed for students with strong preparation in secondary school chemistry, including a laboratory experience, such as provided by an Advanced Placement chemistry course (or equivalent) with a corresponding score of 5 of the AP Chemistry Exam (or a 7 on the IB Exam, or equivalent). Topics include chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, structure and bonding, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy and their application to fields such as materials science, industrial, environmental, biological, and medicinal chemistry. Laboratory/discussion periods will focus on data analysis, literature, scientific writing, ethics, and other skills critical to students’ development as scientists. This course is of interest for students who are anticipating professional study in chemistry, related sciences, or one of the health professions, as well as for students who want to explore the fundamental ideas of chemistry as part of their general education.
Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three hours per week and laboratory, two hours per week
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
weekly problem sets, laboratory work and reports, an hour test, 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 155 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