PHYL 2100: Fundamental Chemical Principles

Fundamental Chemical Principles
Course in Physical and Life Sciences
Course Description:

PHYL 2100 covers general and organic chemistry topics to build a strong foundation for more advanced chemistry or biology courses. Students will become familiar with oxidation-reduction, equilibria, reaction rates, acid-base reactions, and nuclear chemistry. The structures and reactions of alkyl halides, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, and carboxylic acid derivatives will also be introduced, and emphasis will be placed on the curved arrow mechanisms for each reaction. This course requires algebraic manipulations, graphical interpretation, and chemical problem-solving.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of algebraic manipulations, graphical interpretation, and chemical problem-solving is needed for this course. Students must complete PHYL 1600 and all of its prerequisites (any Quantitative Reasoning course) before taking PHYL 2100. PHYL 1200 is strongly recommended.


Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Instructor

Simon Tong joined the College of Liberal and Professional Studies as a lecturer and advisor in 2020. He currently teaches organic chemistry lecture and lab for the Pre-Health Programs and has also started teaching chemistry for Penn LPS Online. Simon earned both a BS in pharmacology and a PhD in chemistry from… Read more


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