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Chemistry 2

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  • In the class of Chemistry 1, we studied the microscopic natures of the matters including electron orbitals, atomic structures, chemical bonds and molecular structures; as well as their macroscopic natures including intermolecular interactions, the states of matters and the first and second laws thermodynamics which are the most important laws interpret the equilibrium in the nature.  In the first part of Chemistry 2, we apply the laws of thermodynamics to understand how the matters reach the states of physical and chemical equilibria including Galvanic cells.

    In the second part of Chemistry 2, we will study one of the most significant topics in the chemical world, chemical kinetic theory.  The main concerns of the chemists are not only if the reaction can happen, but also how fast the reaction can go and why.  In this chapter, we are going to study the mathematical model for monitoring the reaction rate and the mechanism for controlling the reaction process. 

    In the last two chapters, we will study two interesting and beautiful chemical subjects: the transition metals and its coordination chemistry as well as organic and biological chemistry.