Problem sets in text (on schedule), discussion modules, OWL and appropriate lab calculations.
What is Chemistry? Two "definitions" for science. Model vs. Theory.
Nomenclature
Know the elements, ions, and common acids on the Chemistry Department Supplements on the web. Be able to name compounds using "Stock" (systematic) nomenclature as in your text and lab manual appendix. Be able to write formulae for compounds named systematically. Be able to recognize compounds of copper, iron, lead, mercury and tin using the ous ic system. (Nomenclature module)
Be able to
convert numbers to scientific notation and use numbers expressed in scientific notation; do all calculations with proper significant figures; make all conversions within the metric system (SI), including liters to m^{3} etc., know prefixes in metric system in notes (tera, giga, mega, kilo, deci, centi, milli, micro, nano, pico, femto.), make approximate conversions between American and metric systems (one inch = 2.54 cm exactly; a yard is about a meter; a quart is about a liter); be able to convert between Farenheit and Celcius (centigrade) temperatures give the formulae; be able to convert between Celsius and Kelvin temperatures; solve density problems and other problems using dimensional analysis.
Be able to describe/discuss the basic premises of the Dalton atom model. Be able to describe/discuss the basic premises of the Thompson and Rutherford atom models, and know what key problem/experiment led to the rejection of each. What is the makeup of an atom according to the modern picture? Be able to fill out tables as we did in class for isotopes (for example: given A & Z find numbers of protons, symbol, etc. Atoms/Isotopes module). What is an isotope? How do isotopes differ from each other? Are there significant chemical differences between isotopes of the same element? Be able to determine the % composition of elements in terms of their isotopes (for an example see the sample Final Exam, problem II.3). Be able to determine the atomic weight of an element given its isotopic % composition.
Moles and formulae
What is a mole? (One mole = number of atoms in exactly 12 grams of ^{12}C = 6.02 x 10^{23} particles). What is a formula unit? What is the mass of one atom in grams? What is the mass of one amu? Be able to solve mole problems. (e.g. How many moles of _ in _ ? How many atoms of _ in _ ? How many molecules of _ in _ ? How many grams of _ in _ ? etc. Moles etc. module). Be able to find formula weights of compounds. Be able to find % composition of compounds given formulae. Be able to find formulae of compounds given % composition. Be able to find molecular formulae given % composition and MW. Be able to determine molarity. Be able to find number of moles given molar concentration. Be able to do dilution problems. (Recall examples of all of these problem types in lecture notes.) Be able to do assigned problems in text.
Chemical Equations
Be able to balance by inspection simple chemical equations such as we have done in class (What are the products of complete combustion of compounds containing only elements such as C, H and possibly O?). Keep in mind our fundamental assumption that mass is conserved, which is manifested by conservation of atom type and number! A series of examples, including a method to keep track of atoms, may be found on my online supplements, Balancing etc. module. Note that these examples do NOT represent reactions in solution, so do not involve net ionic equations!
Define/describe: solution, salt, solvent, solute, saturated solution, unsaturated solution, super saturated solution, mass %, molarity, neutralization, equivalent (in chemical reactions). Why do some substances dissolve in each other? Why do others not? ("Like Dissolves Like"). Be able to solve problems involving concentrations as we have seen in class: find mass %, molarity, molality of solutions given their components. Be able to find concentrations of solutions after dilution or mixing with other components. Be able to do assigned problems in text.
Solution Reactions
Electrolytes. Dissociation. What is meant by "strong" and "weak" in reference to electrolytes, acids and bases? Degree of dissociation. Aqueous Solution Reactions: Be able to define acids and bases by the Arrhenius definition (acids provide hydrogen ion, bases provide hydroxide ion). What are the meanings of "strong" and "weak" for acids and bases by these definitions? What are precipitation and complexation reactions?
Be able to write and balance net ionic equations! Keep in mind the charges on ions! (Net Ionic Equations module)For elemental ions look at the Roman Numeral Group number for a first guess (Group I = +1, etc. Group VII = 78 = 1 etc.). For transition metals and molecular (polyatomic) ions look at the online Table of Common Ions. (Note that the Ionic Reactions and Net Ionic Reactions lab exercise is a great source of examples.) Be familiar with classification scheme for reactions (text). Know solubility rules and strengths of electrolytes for common ions (those on our lists in lecture 11). Keep in mind that most ions in formulae are independent unless you know otherwise. Thus CaCl_{2} consists of one Ca^{2+} ion and two Cl^{1} ions NOT one Cl_{2}^{2 }ion!
OxidationReduction
What is oxidation? What is reduction? Redox. Be able to recognize oxidizers/reducers, oxidants/reductants in chemical reactions. Know rules for determining oxidation numbers (Know Table of Oxidation Number Rules in lecture 13/module). Be able to assign oxidation numbers to atoms in compounds and molecular ions (e.g. sulfate or acetate ion). A set of examples, with some detailed solutions, are available on my Oxidation Number module.
Be able to write halfreactions. Be able to balance ionic redox reactions by the halfreaction method (Redox Balancing–Acid module, Redox Balancing–Basic module).
Stoichiometry Problems
What is stoichiometry? Be able to solve problems involving stoichiometric relationships in chemical reactions. Be able to do both problems involving reactants in excess (e.g. combustion of carbon in open air) and problems with a limiting reagent. (Lecture examples, and don't forget problems in text & Reaction Stoichiometry module)
Define/describe
pressure, barometer, manometer, Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Standard Atmosphere, Avogadro's Principle, Ideal Gas, Perfect Gas, Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures, Ideal Gas Law (PV=nRT). What does absolute zero represent? What is the rationale behind this concept? (can't have negative volume).
Be able to solve
Ideal Gas Law and gas problems such as we have seen in class, text homework & Gas Laws module. Partial pressure(Dalton's Law) problems. Remember: all temperatures must be in K (absolute temperature!), and if you are using R, pressures must be in atmospheres, volumes in liters and quantity in moles for our value of R! What is the volume of one mole of an ideal gas at STP?
Gas constant, R= 0.082 1 L*atm*mol^{1}*K^{1}. Avogadro's number = 6.02 x 10^{23}. Mass of one amu in grams (one gram divided by Avogadro's number).

Last modified 25 March 2011