General Chemistry for Engineering

CHEM 171
Instructor
Taught in
Fall 2023, Fall 2022, and Fall 2021
Course Level
Undergraduate
Institution
LMS
PDF
Lifelong Support

Course Description

To acquaint students with fundamental concepts of chemistry and their applications in engineering science. Multiple perspectives of matter will be used to describe and explain characteristics, properties, and relationships across the following topics: atoms and molecules, solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, reaction thermodynamics, electrochemical reactions.

Students will deepen their understanding of foundational concepts of chemistry and advance their skills in scientific problem solving, critical thinking and synthesis of concepts, such that students will be able to do the following:

  • Use multiple perspectives of matter (macroscopic, particle, symbolic levels) to qualitatively describe and explain characteristics, properties, and relationships of the following: atoms and molecules, solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, reaction thermodynamics, and electrochemical reactions.
  • Quantify relationships between variables controlling chemical systems.
  • Solve quantitative multistep problems combining multiple concepts within the systems.
  • Differentiate among closely related factors, categorize problem types, and select appropriate tools to solve these problems.
  • Apply chemical principles to explain natural phenomena.

This is a lecture course, and it is designed to be taken in conjunction with its companion hands-on lab course, CHEM 173. Both courses are meant to be taken together to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

Textbook and Materials

Textbook

  1. “Chemistry for Engineering Students”, 4th edit. by Larry Brown and Tom Holme (Cengage Learning, Inc., 2019) ISBN 978-1-337-39890-9 is required.
  2. The Student Solutions Manual with Study Guide, ISBN 978-1-337-39906-7 is recommended.

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes/handouts for each chapter will be made available electronically. Students are expected to “fill in the blanks” (take notes) with calculations, chemical equations, and structures in the handouts as the lectures proceed. When set of notes is completed for a Chapter, a completed version will be posted in Sakai.

Other Materials

You will need an inexpensive calculator having logarithmic (base 10 and base e), expo- nential, and trigonometric functions. Be sure you are familiar with your calculator and that it is in user-ready condition for quizzes and exams. Calculators cannot be shared during exams and the covers must be removed while taking the exam. You are not allowed to have a cell phone during the exam.

Class Photos

Tentative Schedule (CHEM171-001 FA23)

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