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Chemistry is a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo. It is the "study of change." In this course, the second of a two-semester general chemistry sequence, the emphasis is on chemical equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, and energy changes in chemical reactions. The course also focuses on chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, intermolecular forces and the physical properties of solutions, coordination compounds, and electrochemistry. At the atomic and molecular level, chemistry is a very abstract subject, but the study of atoms and molecules is fundamental to understanding life itself, since all matter is made up of atoms and molecules. Through practical examples and applications, the course aims to explain not only the abstract concepts of chemistry, but also how those concepts are understood in real-life contexts.
Advisory: This course does not contain a lab component. Students who need a Chemistry II course with lab should enroll in CHE-122: Chemistry II with Lab. It is advisable to have knowledge in a course equivalent to CHE-121: General Chemistry I with a grade of C or better to succeed in this course.
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