Fall 2022

Chemical Principles

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-161

Moodle site: Course


Stephen F. Cartier (Sections 01 and 01F)


As a bridge to prior learning, we will begin with the study of intermolecular forces and their ubiquitous role in chemistry and biology. We will then introduce chemical kinetics to understand the role temperature, concentration, and catalysts play in determining the speeds at which chemical reactions occur and to introduce the concept of chemical equilibrium. Through a thorough treatment of the laws of thermodynamics, we will develop a quantitative understanding of the factors which determine the extent to which chemical reactions can occur before reaching the state of equilibrium. The course will consist of asynchronous lectures and synchronous group work, discussion, problem solving, and labs. Appropriate laboratory experiments supplement the lecture material. Four class hours and three hours of laboratory work per week.

Requisite: CHEM 151, or consent of the instructor; and MATH 111 or placement by the Mathematics department into MATH 121 or higher.

Fall and Spring semesters: Lecturer Cartier.

How to handle overenrollment: In the fall, preference is given to Amherst College sophomores.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Group work, in-class quizzes and exams, quantitative work, lab work, peer evaluation.


Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning


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