The Cambridge chemistry course provides an introduction of inorganic and organic chemistry. The emphasis is on the basic principles of atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonds, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, acid-base and redox equilibrium, and catalysis. In an effort to illuminate connections between chemistry and various fields of biology, physics, and engineering, the course will introduce theories and concepts in the context of real world applications and upcoming future technologies.
Discovery of the electron and nucleus in the context of introducing quantum mechanics. Hydrogen atom energy levels, spectrum, p-orbitals, and multi-electron atoms and electron configurations. Chemical Bonds, Lewis structures, VSEPR theory, Valence bond theory and hybridization, Molecular orbital theory and Periodic Trends.
Thermodynamics and the concepts of enthalpy and entropy. Chemical equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle, Acid-Base equilibrium and titration, and chemical/biological buffers. To discuss chemical and biological oxidation/reduction reactions, chemical rate laws, and Crystal Field theory.
Discuss transition metals, magnetism spectrochemical theory, and metals in biology. Chemical reaction rates in the context of Introducing nuclear chemistry.
Reaction mechanisms, temperature and kinetics, and enzyme catalysis. Introduce Biochemistry and discuss biofuels that are a variety of fuels that contain energy from geological recent carbon fixation.