Objectives and Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for Chemistry 203

At the completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:


Course Objectives for Chemstiry 203

At the completion of this course, the successful student will be able to do the following:

Redox Reactions

  1. (R) Determine the oxidation state of each atom in a compound.
  2. Balance Redox reactions in acidic and basic solutions.

Chemical Kinetics

  1. Define the two types of rate laws: differential and integrated.
  2. Distinguish between a first-order reaction and a second-order reaction.
  3. Give an example of a reaction mechanism.
  4. Discuss the effect of a catalyst on a chemical reaction.
  5. State the Arrhenius equation and use it to solve problems.
  6. Discuss the collision model of chemical reactions and how various factors such as temperature can affect reaction rate.

Chemical Equilibrium

  1. Define chemical equilibrium.
  2. Calculate the equilibrium constant from concentration data.
  3. Define and discuss Le Châtelier's Principle
  4. Solve a variety of chemical equilibrium problems

Acids and Bases

  1. State the definition of an Arrhenius acid, a Brønsted-Lowrey acid and a Lewis acid.
  2. Solve problems using ionization constants, concentrations and pH or pOH for weak acids and weak bases.
  3. Plot titration curves and label the midpoint, the buffer region and the equivalence point. Identify major species present for any point along the curve.
  4. Give the conjugate base for any acid or the conjugate acid for any base.
  5. Use the Ka to determine the strength of an acid or base.
  6. Calculate pH and pOH.
  7. Calculate percent dissociation of a weak acid.
  8. Give examples of household products that are acidic or basic.
  9. Define polyprotic acid.
  10. Write chemical reactions for acids and bases.
  11. Describe the preparation of a buffer.
  12. Describe the use of acid-base indicators.
  13. Discuss the common ion effect as it relates to acids and bases in solution.


  1. Use the solubility product to solve for ion concentrations in solution.
  2. Determine ion concentrations when a common ion is present.
  3. Describe a classic scheme for qualitative analysis of metal ions.
  4. Define complex ion
  5. Discuss the effect of complex ions on solubility.

Free Energy, Entropy and Thermodynamics

  1. Apply Hess' Law to Thermodynamic Problems
  2. Apply Gibbs-Helmholtz equation to the solution of problems.
  3. Discuss spontaneous chemical reactions.
  4. Discuss entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
  5. Discuss the effect of temperature on spontaneity of a chemical reaction
  6. Define free energy.
  7. Relate free energy and equilibrium.


  1. Draw a galvanic cell.
  2. Identify the anode and cathode of a galvanic cell.
  3. Write half reactions for galvanic cells.
  4. Calculate EMF for galvanic cells.
  5. Describe the structure and functioning of a lead acid battery.
  6. Discuss the electrolysis of water.
  7. Use the Nernst equation.

Coordination Compounds

  1. Predict the physical properties, geometry and hybridization of coordination compounds.

Nuclear Chemistry

  1. Describe the structure of the nucleus.
  2. Define alpha and beta particles and gamma radiation.
  3. Use isotopic notation to write a nuclear reaction.
  4. Discuss the kinetics of radioactive decay and the meaning of half-life.
  5. Discuss the detection of radiation.
  6. Discuss radioactive dating.
  7. Give examples of medical applications of nuclear chemistry.
  8. Differentiate between nuclear fussion and nuclear fission.
  9. Discuss the health effects of radiation.
  10. Define rems and rads.


  1. Maintain a detailed laboratory notebook.
  2. Write professional laboratory reports.
  3. Discuss applications of these chemistry topics to the world at large.

Teaching and Learning Goals Established by Truman College

Taking a course in Chemistry helps a student achieve all of the following general education goals. How this occurs is explained below.

General Education Goals Established by Truman College

Physical Science and Engineering Departmental Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with an Associate degree from Truman College a student should be able to: