CHEM 153
Concepts of Chemistry Fall 2021
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

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 experiment design, 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 fundamentals of chemistry as part of their general education. This course may be taken pass/fail; however, students who are considering graduate study in science or in the health professions should elect to take this course for a grade.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three times per week and laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 35/lecture
Expected: 70
Class#: 1075
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quantitative weekly problem set assignments, laboratory work and reports, hour tests, and a final exam
Prerequisites: Students are required to take the online Chemistry Placement Survey prior to registering for the course (; incoming first-year students are required to speak with a faculty member during First Days.
Enrollment Preferences: incoming first year students also must speak with a faculty member during First Days
Unit Notes: CHEM 153 or its equivalent is a prerequisite to CHEM 156; one of CHEM 151 or 153 or 155 required for the BIMO concentration
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course fulfills the QFR requirement with regular and substantial problem sets in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced and evaluated.
Attributes: BIMO Required Courses

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