General Chemistry

Course Descriptions

General Chemistry as Dartmouth College consists of several different courses, which can be selected based on a students previous study in chemistry. A majority of our students enroll in Chemistry 5-6. In addition, there is a fall honors section, Chemistry 10, for especially well-prepared, first-year students. Admission to Chemistry 10 is based on performance on a placement exam given during the First-Year Orientation. Finally, there is Chemistry 2, a course for students with little or no chemistry or quantitative science background. The descriptions of these courses, taken from the ORC, are given below.

Chem 5-6. General Chemistry
5. 15F: 10 16W: 9L, 10 16F: 10 17W: 9L, 10; Laboratory: Arrange
6. 15F: 9L 16S: 9L, 10 16F: 9L 17S: 9L, 10; Laboratory: Arrange
An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry, including chemical stoichiometry; the properties of gases, liquids, and solids; solutions; chemical equilibria; atomic and molecular structure; an introduction to thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; and a discussion of the chemical properties of selected elements. The laboratory work emphasizes physical-chemical measurements, quantitative analysis, and synthesis.
An outline of topics for review of secondary school background in preparation for college general chemistry is available from the Department of Chemistry.
Students who are eligible to receive advanced placement credit for Chemistry 5-6 may not enroll in Chemistry 5-6 or Chemistry 10 for credit without permission of the Department. Advanced placement credit for Chemistry 5-6 will be withdrawn for students who subsequently enroll in Chemistry 5-6 or Chemistry 10. Students with credit for Biology/Chemistry 9 may not enroll in Chemistry 5.
Prerequisite for Chemistry 5: Mathematics 3, or Mathematics 1 and 2, or Mathematics 1 and Chemistry 2. (First year students taking Mathematics 1 will be placed in Chemistry 2). Prerequisite for Chemistry 6: Mathematics 3 (or Mathematics 1 and 2) and Chemistry 5 or Biology/Chemistry 9.
Supplemental course fee required. Dist: SLA.

Chem 10. Honors First-Year General Chemistry
15F, 16F: 10; Laboratory M or Tu 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Chemistry 10 is a general chemistry course for students with a strong background in chemistry and mathematics who may have an interest in majoring in the sciences. The course will cover selected general chemistry topics important for higher level chemistry courses. These include thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, quantum mechanics, and bonding. Laboratory work will emphasize physico-chemical measurements and quantitative analysis.
Chemistry 10 is open only to first-year students, and enrollment is limited. Admission is by satisfactory performance on a general chemistry proficiency test given during Orientation. Adequate mathematics preparation, equivalent to Mathematics 3, is also required. Chemistry 10 is offered in the fall term and is the prerequisite equivalent to Chemistry 5/6. Students who successfully complete Chemistry 10 will also be granted credit for Chemistry 5, if they have not already been granted such credit.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the general chemistry proficiency test and credit for Mathematics 3 or equivalent. Supplemental course fee required. Dist: SLA.

Chem 2. Quantitative Reasoning in Chemistry
15F: 10A
A course for students who intend to take Chemistry 5-Chemistry 6, but who need additional preparation for quantitative and analytical aspects of general chemistry. Chemistry 2 develops the quantitative basis of chemistry relationships and the skills to solve chemistry problems. Much of the course will be devoted to mathematical manipulations and functional relationships that are integral to the quantitative applications of chemistry concepts. In-class experiments will introduce the analysis, interpretation and presentation of chemical data. Students are placed into Chemistry 2 based on their pre-matriculation mathematics and science record. Dist:SCI.

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If you have concerns about your preparation for Chemistry 5, you should feel free to talk to a Chem 5 or 6 instructor for further advice. In addition, you may find our Self Test (available on this page) useful as a simple way to measure your skill level in some very basic areas that will be used throughout your General Chemistry career.