Fall 2022

Introductory Chemistry

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-151

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This course examines the structure of matter from both a microscopic and macroscopic viewpoint. We begin with a detailed discussion of the physical structure of atoms, followed by an analysis of how the interactions between atoms lead to the formation of molecules. The relationship between the structures of molecular compounds and their properties is then described. Experiments in the laboratory component provide experience in conducting quantitative chemical measurements and illustrate principles discussed in the lectures. Placement into CHEM 151 is determined by the chemistry department.

Each laboratory section is limited to 20 students. In the fall, sufficient laboratory sections will be added to meet total enrollment. The spring semester is limited to two laboratory sections. Four class hours and three hours of laboratory per week. 

Fall Semester: Professor Burkett. Spring Semester: Professor Durr. 

How to handle overenrollment: In the spring, preference is given to Amherst College first-year students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on quantitative work, group work, in-class quizzes and exams, and laboratory work.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022