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Science Honors


Course Outline

Honors General Chemistry:

Course Description:

This is the honors course for first semester general chemistry. This class focuses on stoichiometric calculations, types of chemical reactions, properties of gases, chemical equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding, but in more depth than General Chemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Derive the names and formulas of compounds based upon the IUPAC system of inorganic nomenclature for binary compounds and oxyacid’s

  2. Determine molecular formulas from data, balance chemical equations, predict the formation of precipitates, and use stoichiometric relationships to calculate product and reactant amounts with applications to limiting reagent and % yield concepts

  3. Analyze the energy associated with chemical reactions, perform simple chemical thermodynamic calculations, and be able to apply these concepts to the first law of thermodynamics, stoichiometric relationships, calorimetry, and Hess’s law

  4. Explain the basic concepts of quantum theory and the basic theories of chemical bonding, and be able to make predictions about atomic and molecular properties

  5. Determine whether a reaction is at equilibrium, calculate equilibrium constants and equilibrium concentrations, and apply the principles of equilibrium and reaction kinetics to gaseous phase systems

  6. Perform basic chemistry laboratory techniques, use common laboratory instruments, record data and observations accurately, and describe sources of error and uncertainty in experimental data.

Course Outline:

  1. Course Introduction

  2. Components of Matter

  3. Stoichiometry of Formulas and Equations

  4. Types of Chemical Reactions

  5. Gases and Kinetic–Molecular Theory

  6. Thermochemistry

  7. Chemical Equilibrium

  8. Quantum Theory

  9. Electron Configurations and periodicity

  10. Models of Chemical Bonding

  11. Molecular Shapes

  12. Theories of Covalent Bonding


Honors Organic Chemistry:

Course Outline:

  1. Organic compounds

  1. Structure of organic compounds

  2. Nomenclature of organic compounds

  3. Reactions of organic compounds

  4. Synthesis of organic compounds

  1. Organic reactions

  1. Theory of organic reactions

  2. Mechanism of organic reactions

  1. Biomolecules

  2. Introduction to membranes

  3. Introduction to enzyme mechanisms

  4. Introduction to prosthetic groups

  5. Introduction to macromolecular conformations

  6. Introduction to supramolecular architecture


Honors Biochemistry:

Course Outline:

  1. Protein structure

  2. Compartmentalization of reactions

  3. Thermodynamics and kinetics in a biological context

  4. Energy production

  5. Regulation of metabolic pathways

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