Welcome to the USNA Plebe Chemistry Website. Here you will find vital information to help you succeed in SC111 and SC112 (usual 2 semester sequence) or SC151(course for one-semester validators).
Describe how chemistry is essential to issues facing society (such as energy and the environment) and Naval technology (such as explosives, nuclear power, corrosion prevention, submarine air).
You may have heard many rumors about plebe chemistry; here are the facts! Plebe chemistry is the same two-semester chemistry sequence taught at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country (check the preface of your textbook) except for our unique use of naval applications (explosives, life support, fuels and lubricants, chemical and biological warfare, water treatment, nuclear chemistry, corrosion, etc.) to illustrate underlying chemical principles. Plebe chemistry is a demanding course due to the conceptual nature of the content, the brisk pace, the vertical structure of the curriculum (understanding explosives requires that you understand stoichiometry, thermochemistry and gas laws) and other demands of plebe year. However, like thousands of midshipmen before you, YOU can excel in this course. Historically, > 95% of each plebe class passes each semester of plebe chemistry on their first attempt and the remaining 5% almost invariably pass on the second attempt.
The Chang textbook and its Study Guide have a variety of resources to aid your understanding of the subject.
You’re all capable students and can succeed in plebe chemistry. Strive to become the most scientifically literate officer/citizen you can.
Prof. Daniel W. O'Sullivan