CHEM 155
Principles of Modern Chemistry Fall 2021
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

This course is designed for students with a strong preparation in chemistry (including laboratory experience) in secondary school, such as provided by an Advanced Placement chemistry course (or equivalent) with a corresponding AP Chemistry Exam score of 5 (or a 6 or 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, catalysis, environmental, biological, and medicinal chemistry. Laboratory periods will focus on hands-on skills, data representation and analysis, scientific writing, exploration of the scientific literature, and other skills critical to students’ development as scientists. This course is designed for students who are anticipating further 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.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three times per week and laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 16/lab
Expected: 32
Class#: 1082
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short assignments in preparation for class, quantitative weekly problem sets, laboratory work and reports, an hour test, and a final exam
Prerequisites: 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 speak with a faculty member during First Days.
Enrollment Preferences: first year students and sophomores; incoming first year students also must meet with a faculty member during First Days
Unit Notes: CHEM 155 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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