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CHM 250 - Honors Chem II


At the end of this course the student will have learned and/or be able to understand the following:

1. Be able to use and manipulate SI units and prefixes
2. Prepare solutions of a given molarity, molality, ppm, or %
3. Understand the concept of significant figures and error propagation
4. Know what a Gaussian distribution is and how it arises
5. Understand and be able to calculate averages, standard deviations, relative standard deviations and confidence intervals
6. Be able to correctly use F, t, and Q tests
7. Be able to generate calibration curves
8. Understand how methods are validated
9. Understand how to perform standard additions and use internal standards
10. Understand chemical equilibria and its relationship to thermodynamics
11. Understand solubility products and complex formation
12. Understand protic acids, pH, and acid and base strength
13. Be able to perform a titration and use the titration to calculate the concentration of an unknown
14. Be able to effectively choose an appropriate end point detector
15. Understand the effect of ionic strength on solubility
16. Understand the difference between concentration and activity
17. Understand acid-base equilibria
18. Understand how buffers work and what buffering is
19. Understand polyprotic acids and bases
20. Be able to use the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation correctly and understand how it is derived
21. Be able to perform an acid base titration
22. Understand both Galvanic and Electrolytic cells, standard potentials, the Nernst equation, and the relationship between standard potentials and the equilibrium constant
23. Understand the parts of an electrochemical analyzer – reference electrode, working electrode and counter electrode
24. Understand what a junction potential is and how a pH electrode works
25. Understand ion-selective electrodes
26. Understand how coulometry, amperometry and voltammetry work
27. Understand how acid rain is generated and the ozone hole is formed
28. Know Beer’s Law and how to use it
29. Know the basic components of a spectrometer
30. Understand the basics of atomic spectroscopy
31. Understand what chromatography is and how bands are separated and how and why they broaden as they move through a column
32. Understand what mobile and stationary phases are and how analytes partition between them
33. Understand the basic components of a gas chromatograph and a liquid chromatograph
34. Understand the basic forms of liquid chromatography – partition, adsorption, size exclusion, ion-exchange, and affinity
35. Understand how to prepare a sample correctly for analysis