CEM 142 is the second part of a chemistry curriculum called Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE). The curriculum is based on research on student learning and is designed to help you to learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry. While the approach may be somewhat different from what you are used to, we have evidence that you will finish this course with a deeper understanding of chemistry principles and that you will be able to use this knowledge in subsequent courses. That is: this semester you will learn what you need to know for further study in chemistry and other related subjects.


CEM 142 Learning Outcomes

Students in this course will learn to:

  • Explain and model how the existence of atoms leads to the conservation of matter.
  • Use appropriate models and theories to describe chemical and physical phenomena.
  • Construct representations of chemical species and use them to predict chemical and physical properties.
  • Explain how and why the atomic-molecular structure affects the properties of a substance, and vice versa.
  • Predict and explain the energy changes associated with interactions of atoms, molecules, and ions.
  • Apply systems thinking to both molecular level and macroscopic systems.
  • Identify common types of reactions and predict the products.
  • Understand the factors that affect the rate and extent of reactions.
  • Predict and explain the outcome of coupled reactions.


A link to the course syllabus (WORD and PDF) can be found to the left.