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General Chemistry I

This page contains information which is specific to section B of the course. General information can be obtained from the class web site. In particular, assignments, practice tests and other study materials can be accessed from there.

Readings

The textbook is an extremely valuable learning resource. Think of it as another view of the material we are covering this term. You are strongly encouraged to read the material indicated in the table below. If you have time, it wouldn't be a bad idea to read the relevant sections before class. Alternatively you can use the textbook to clarify issues when you're working on problems or studying for a test.

Material to be reviewed on your own time

Textbook sections 1.6, 2.1.

Lectures

Date Lecture slides Textbook readings
Sept. 3 Introductory lecture
Sept. 5 Atoms Section 2.5
Sept. 8 Nuclear reactions and radiation Sections 25.1, 25.4 and 25.6
Sept. 12 Nuclear stability Sections 25.1 and 25.6
Sept. 15 Kinetics of radioactive decay Section 25.2. It may also be useful to read the more general material on chemical kinetics (focusing on material relevant to first-order processes) on pages 548–550 and section 14.4.
Sept. 17 Light Section 6.1
Sept. 22 Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy Sections 6.2 and 6.3
Sept. 24 Hydrogenic orbitals Sections 6.3 and 6.4
Sept. 29 Multielectron atoms Sections 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4
Oct. 3 Periodic trends Section 7.3
Oct. 8 Chemistry of the alkali metals Sections 2.8, 8.7, 13.3, 23.4, 23.5
Oct. 15 The alkaline earth metals Sections 13.2, 13.4 and page 482
Oct. 17 The group 13 metals Section 13.5 and pages 1031–1034
Oct. 22 Covalent bonding and Lewis structures Sections 8.1, 8.3–8.6
Oct. 27 Molecular shape Chapter 9
Nov. 5 Intermolecular forces Section 11.3
Nov. 7 Chromatography Pages 990–991
Nov. 10 Hydrogen Section 13.1 and pages 1035–1037
Nov. 10 Lewis acids and bases Section 16.8
Nov. 12 The halogens Section 13.9 and pages 787–790
Nov. 14 The chalcogens Section 13.8 and pages 1017, 1038–1039
Nov. 17 Group 15 Section 13.7 and pages 631–633
Nov. 19 Group 14 and boron Section 13.6 and pages 508–509
Nov. 21 Introduction to transition metal chemistry Sections 24.1 and 24.3
Nov. 24 Crystal field theory Section 24.4

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