Principles of Modern Chemistry (5th Ed.),”
Oxtoby, Gillis, and
Nachtrieb. Thomson Learning (2002).
2:30 to 3:20
Chemistry 145 starts with students who already have a solid introduction to basic chemical
concepts. Specifically, this includes the concepts of atoms and molecules, the “mole”,
elements of chemical bonding (ionic and the Lewis theory of covalent bonding), molecular
shapes, chemical equations, limiting reagents. Thus material in Chapters 1-3, and the
elementary parts of Chapters 4 and 6, of Oxtoby will be assumed to be well known to all
Chemistry 145 will quickly review the empirical (ideal) gas laws, introducing their
derivation via the kinetic theory of gases, and extending the discussion to non-ideal systems,
overview the states of matter & phase equilibrium and phase transitions, and then briefly
discuss reactions in solution, including acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. This
material is in chapters 4-6 in Oxtoby. This will be followed by a far more careful
introduction to the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and to chemical equilibrium,
this material being in Chapters 7-9, this latter being the core of the course.
provides the background needed for continuation in the introductory honors chemistry
sequence (Chemistry 155 and 165).
Chemistry 155 begins with Oxtoby Chapter 10, as
assumes a high level knowledge of Chapters 7-9.
Chemistry 145 is a Honors course: it is assumed that you are highly enthusiastic
about science; willing to work hard; are an independent learner who is not afraid to
ask questions, and to figure out “
what you need to know, and how to learn it
you have “math or physics anxiety” it’s time to get over it in a big hurry! Math is the
language of the physical sciences. It is assumed that you have already mastered the
elementary chemical concepts mentioned above, Oxtoby Chapters 1-3, and the
subsections mentioned in your pre-class homework, and above. Prior knowledge of