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General Chemistry II: Thermodynamic & Kinetics

CHEM 114/3.0

A continuation from CHEM 113/3.0. A quantitative treatment of chemical phenomena and materials. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include atomic thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, kinetics, electrochemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

In an addition to developing an appreactiation for Chemistry as a field of study, students will specifically be able to:

  1. Identify the essential parts of a problem and formulate strategies for solving the problem.
  2. Estimate the numeric value for the solution to a quantitative problem and test the correctness of the solution
  3. Manipulate equations and measurements with due regard for significatn figures and unit conventions
  4. Interpret data or other scientific information using graphs, tables, figures and symbols
  5. Record and interpret experimental outcomes, and communicate to others the significance of experimental observations
  6. Make value judgements about reliability and relevance of information in a scientific context.

Topics

  • Review of prerequisite concepts
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physical and Chemical Equilibria
  • Electrochemistry
  • Acids and Bases
  • Solution Equlibria
  • Kinetics, Equilibria, and Catalysis

Description

This online course will provide you with introductory knowledge of chemistry that can be used in your upper-level studies at Queen’s, or in other aspects of your life. This course involves a large number of students with a wide range of interests. Some of you will pursue degrees in chemistry – we want to ensure you have the chemical knowledge necessary to succeed in this endeavour. The rest of you will pursue degrees in which chemical concepts appear to varying degrees – we want to ensure that you have the basic knowledge needed to recognize when chemical concepts are needed in your studies and to apply those concepts. To be successful in this course, you will have to stay on top of these various components. In particular, completion of the online assignments and readings will be very important. The benefit of taking a disciplined and steady approach to the research will be an increased comprehension of the material, which will leave you better prepared for tests. Overall, we hope you enjoy the course and learn material beyond that you’ve seen in high school, while developing skills and acquire knowledge that will serve you throughout your post-secondary studies 

Terms

Summer 17: July - August
Course Dates: 
July 4 - Aug 14, 2017
Exam Dates: 
Aug 16 & 17, 2017

Evaluation

Online Weekly Assignments and Quizzes20%
Online Tutorials15%
Online Participation5%
Online Midterm30%
Final Proctored Exam30%

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Xiaowei Wu (xiaowei.wu@chem.queensu.ca) and Professor Sadaf Tahmasebi (st77@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 21 hours per week (126 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.