CHEM 101 and 101L; C- or better required in CHEM 101 and from community college or AP/IB exam. The General Descriptive Chemistry II course is a continuation of Introduction to College Chemistry (CHEM 101) and considers a range of important and fascinating topics: • How do batteries, which are potential energy in a metal housing, work? • Why does sweating cool us? Why is sweating more effective in a dry desert than in humid North Carolina? How is the same effect achieved when dogs pant? • Why does brining the roads before an ice storm make it safer to travel? How does the salt lower the temperature at which liquid water turns into slippery ice? Why does salt dissolve in water anyway? • How does an enzyme increase the rate of a biochemical reaction? • What is a semiconductor, present in electronics and solar panels, and how is it different from a metal? CHEM 102 is a wonderful course because so many concepts you will learn can be found in real-world examples and will be concepts you would utilize in a range of other disciplines and areas of study, not just chemistry. Bulk properties of gases, liquids and solids, intermolecular forces, solutions and solution behavior, chemical equilibria, spontaneity and Gibbs energy, chemical kinetics and rates of reactions, acid-base chemistry, and electrochemistry. (thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, intermolecular forces, solutions and solution behavior, bulk properties of gases, liquids and solids, acid-base chemistry, and electrochemistry). What is exciting about the First-Year Launch CHEM 102 class is that you will explore how the concepts you are learning in class reveal themselves in the world around you, and in modern research endeavors. In addition, we will build community, examine data and concepts, and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. One planned activity will be to find examples of the concepts in the news and taking the first 5 minutes of class to share with the rest of the class, whether medically related examples, environmental examples, materials science examples, or other areas that interest you. Unlike regular CHEM 102 classes, we will help you engage with the science in meaningful ways, while also allowing you to learn how scientists think and solve problems. We’ll bring current research into the classroom, whether by interviewing research faculty to learn how they got interested in their area of chemistry and learn about the research they conduct, or attending a research seminar that would have concepts pertinent to class topics, or a research scientist as a guest lecturer. UNC is one of the top research institutions in the world, so we have as a goal to expose all of you to what is happening at UNC. Because the FYL classes are capped at 30 students, a lot like our First-Year Seminar classes and some of our Honors Chemistry classes, students will get to experience a small class environment. The class will become its own community as we explore these concepts together and begin to fill your “toolbox” with those tools that will allow you to be successful in your upper level classes, and be excited about what you are learning. All the introductory chemistry classes at UNC are high structured active learning classes, so we will use evidence-based pedagogical methods to help you master course goals. While introductory chemistry classes can sometimes make students a little nervous, we as a class will be walking this path together to learn, to explore, and to grow in our appreciation of chemistry.
This will be an in-person class with in-person exams; no remote options. The FY Launch section will take their exams during the regular class exam time and not during the common time with all the other CHEM 101 and 102 sections.