University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Vc210: Chemistry

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Prerequisites: 3 years high school math, high school chemistry
Background and Goals: This General Chemistry course is intended to satisfy the one-term chemistry requirement
for students interested in science, or as a natural science elective for non-science concentrators. This course may
also be used as the first term in a four or more term chemistry sequence for science concentrators and preprofessional
Content: Vc210 provides an introduction to the major concepts of chemistry, including the microscopic picture of
atomic and molecular structure, periodic trends in the chemical reactivity, the energetics of chemical reactions,
and the nature of chemical equilibria. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of modern
chemistry, the descriptive chemistry of the elements, and to the underlying theories that account for observed
macroscopic behavior. In Chem. 210, students will learn to think critically, examine experimental data, and form
generalizations about data as chemists do.
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