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CHEM 102: Physical and Organic Chemistry

In this course students apply chemistry concepts towards the calculation of various parameters that describe chemical reactions. This involves calculations of equilibrium constants, pH values, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy. The practical application of these calculations are illustrated through discussions involving acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. The relative rates of chemical reactions are also discussed to illustrate that chemical reactions are not solely dependent on thermodynamic properties. Lastly, students are introduced to organic chemistry; particularly, the identification of functional groups, constitutional and stereoisomerism, and fundamental reactions of common organic molecules.