General Chemistry III

Course Number: CH 223
Transcript Title: General Chemistry III
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Introduces acid-base chemistry, ionic equilibria; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; thermodynamics; and descriptive chemistry topics. Special topics will be included as time and interest allows. This is the third course in a three course sequence. Prerequisite: CH 222. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental principles of chemical equilibrium as applied to solubility, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction and electrochemistry, and other reactive species, as well as thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry to subsequent courses in chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and various other related disciplines that depend upon these principles for comprehension.
  2. Apply the fundamental principles of chemical equilibrium as applied to solubility, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction and electrochemistry, and other reactive species, as well as thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry to the evaluation of information obtained in everyday life in order to make evidence-based decisions.
  3. Use mathematical and chemical reasoning skills, both qualitative and quantitative, to solve specific problems encountered in everyday life and professional settings.
  4. Use effective collaborative skills when working with other people to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively.
  5. Use an understanding of written communication skills to effectively communicate complex scientific and technological ideas, models and conclusions through the generation of informal and formal writings and reports in a scientifically acceptable manner.
  6. Critically evaluate sources of scientific information to logically decide the bias, strengths and weaknesses of the information concerning the effect of chemistry and chemical concepts on themselves and their environment.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)

Not Addressed

4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The assessment methods may include one or more of the following: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, small group problem solving, oral presentations or maintenance of a personal lab notebook.

Course Activities and Design

Homework, Quizzes, Papers, Laboratory Experiments, Forum Discussion. Lecture and Laboratory Design

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Chemical Kinetics
  2. Dynamic Equilibria
  3. Acid-Base Chemistry
  4. Thermodynamics
  5. Electrochemistry
  6. Nuclear Chemistry
  7. Special Topics:
    1. Acid Rain
    2. Bioenergetics
    3. Industrial Processes
    4. Kinetics of cellular Metabolism
    5. Alternative Fuels
    6. Elements in Nature and Industry

Department Notes

Special topics will be included as time and interest allows. Special topics may include: acid rain, bioenergetics industrial processes, kinetics of cellular metabolism, alternative fuels and the use of elements in nature and industry. Recommended for chemistry and other natural science majors, pre-professional majors in engineering, medicine and dentistry. Chemistry 223 is the third of a three term, 15-credit hour (5 hours/term), chemistry sequence designed to provide a year of general chemistry to science majors. It will meet transfer school requirements for such science majors as: chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, pre-medicine, and other pre-professional programs. The class consists of lecture, recitation and laboratory. The lecture time is used to provide the student with basic chemical concepts and mathematical applications to chemistry. The recitation time is for practicing problem solving in small group settings allowing for greater student-student as well as student-teacher contact and encouraging individual and team development. The laboratory re-enforces concepts presented in lecture and provides the student a hands-on opportunity to explore these.

Faculty effort in preparation and evaluation generally occurs outside of scheduled class hours. Class format is a combination of Faculty lectures and demonstrations, guided student interactions and supervised student application of lectures. Students produce written work such as lab notebooks, reports, and responses in writing to assigned questions, and the Instructor is expected to comment on and grade this written work outside of schedule class hours. This evaluation will take place on a regular basis throughout the term.