Chemical Structure and Properties: A Modified Atoms-First, One-Semester Introductory Chemistry Course

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Biochemistry | Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Chemistry | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Higher Education | Life Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


A one-semester, introductory chemistry course is described that develops a primarily qualitative understanding of structure–property relationships. Starting from an atoms-first approach, the course examines the properties and three-dimensional structure of metallic and ionic solids before expanding into a thorough investigation of molecules. In addition to bonding, geometry, molecular orbitals, and intermolecular attractions, other structural topics are included, such as stereochemistry, conformation, and factors that influence the strength of Brønsted acids. Where appropriate, related considerations in biochemistry are highlighted. The course provides a common basis to majors and nonmajors for further study in chemistry and also serves as a platform to illustrate a variety of topics of current research interest.


DOI: 10.1021/ed400839y