CHEM& 162 General Chemistry II • 6 Cr.


Second in a three-course chemistry sequence for science and engineering students. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 with a C or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe how a system and its surroundings exchange energy in the form of heat and/or work at both the molecular and macroscopic levels.
  • Predict whether chemical reactions and physical processes are either endothermic or exothermic based on calculations of the change in enthalpy.
  • Use the kinetic-molecular theory to explain the behavior of gases from a molecular perspective and apply the ideal gas law.
  • Describe intermolecular forces and chemical bonds and how they influence physical properties and phase transitions.
  • Predict whether a solute and solvent will mix to form a solution based on enthalpy and entropy of solvation, and calculate the resulting changes in the colligative properties.
  • Apply the basic principles of collision theory to explain the energetics of a chemical reaction and determine how the reaction rate is affected by reactant concentration, temperature, molecular sterics, and the addition of a catalyst.
  • Predict reactant order and formulate an experimental rate law using the initial rate method or the integrated rate law method and judge the reasonableness of a proposed reaction mechanism.
  • Develop laboratory practices for conducting experiments and reporting experimental results within the context of the scientific method (including the proper application of significant figures, precision, and accuracy).