The Catholic University of America

Chemistry 104 and 108

Spring Semester 2015
Prerequisites:  CHEM 103 OR 107 AND 113
Co requisite:    CHEM 114
Classroom 11:10 - 12:00 MWF HAN  106
    3:40-4:30  F  Gowan 126 (Auditorium)

  • Instructor: Dr. Greg Brewer
  • Office: B51 NBIO
  • Phone: 319-5386 or 5395
  • e-mail: BREWER@CUA.EDU
  • Office hours: 1:00 p.m.  M, W ,F, and by appointment
  • Class schedule: 11:10 M,W, F; and 3:40 F; 175 MAL, F.O. Rice Auditorium
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION (from Cardinal Station

    Instruction Methods:   Lecture

    Required Text:  Chemistry The Central Science, 13th Edition by Brown, LeMay, and Bursten and Solutions Manual to above.

    Computer Notes: Access to this syllabus, from which you may link to notes on individual chapters and
    sample tests, may be obtained at the following:   or from the
    Chemistry home page

Other materials: calculator with log/ln and exponential function
Course Goals

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to both qualitative and quantitative aspects of kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry and thermodynamics. The relationship between chemical principles, general predictions based on these principles and calculations to verify these predictions will be covered. An additional goal is to cover several aspects of descriptive chemistry from the areas of nuclear, transition metals, organic and biochemical. These aspects will include topics in atomic structure and stability, shape, bonding and reactivity of representative molecules.


Goals for Student Learning

The student will be able to:

1. Determine the kinetic order of a reaction from experimental data.

2. Solve quantitative kinetic problems for rate constants and half-lives.

3. Write, understand and solve  Kc, Kp, and Q expressions for any reaction.

4. Employ algebra to solve equilibrium problems.

5. Understand an apply LeChatelier’s principle.

6. Understand Acid base theories and make predictions on strength.

7. Calculate pH and acidity and basicity constants for weak acid and base solutions.

8. Employ solution stoichiometry to solve quantitative problems involving

chemical reactions in solution such as titrations.

9. Have a quantitative understanding of buffers

10. Employ solubility equilibrium constants to calculate molar solubilities from Ksp or the reverse as well as other quantitative relationships.

11. Demonstrate understanding of basic thermodynamic functions, including the
relationships between state functions and equilibrium behavior.

12. Balance redox equations employing the half-reaction method.

13. Determine cell emf’s, concentrations, and other quantities in electrochemical systems.

14. Employ basic nuclear concepts to complete and balance simple nuclear equations.

15. Have a general understanding of bonding, shape, properties and reactions of simple coordination complexes, organic and biochemical molecules.