Sample Problems: Individual Round
Sample Problems: Chemistry of Life
Sample Problems: Chemistry of Industry
Sample Problems: Chemistry of Coffee
Sample Problems: Team Round
Sample Problems: Breaking Bonds Round
Solutions: Individual Round
Solutions: Chemistry of Life
Solutions: Chemistry of Industry
Solutions: Chemistry of Coffee
Solutions: Team Round
Solutions: Breaking Bonds Round
This exam may test a broad set of general chemical concepts, requiring both numerical answers or written justification. The span of topics will closely follow that of the individual exams from WUCT 2016, but condensed into a single 1-hour exam.
EDIT: The solution to 1. a. ii. has been changed-
Molecular oxygen is the oxidizing agent and glucose is the reducing agent.
Chemistry of Life
A group of two students will work together on this exam. Basic chemical principles will be applied to the study of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, nuclei acids, and carbohydrates). Knowledge of organic chemistry or biochemistry will not be required because we will focus on concepts from introductory chemistry in the context of biological systems.
Chemistry of Industry:
A group of two students will work together on this exam. Popular processes and concepts related to chemical engineering and industrial chemistry will be examined, including but not limited to synthetic processes and processes associated with energy generation.
Chemistry of Coffee:
A group of two students will work together on this exam. Everyone knows coffee is one of the most important tools of a functional chemist. This exam will test basic chemical principles as they relate to the drink itself and the process of growing, processing, or brewing coffee.
Like the individual round, this exam may test a broad set of general chemical concepts. As all six students are allowed to work on this exam, though, the questions will require more in-depth interrogation of the ideas behind each problem.
Breaking Bonds Round:
In place of the relay round from the previous year, WUCT 2017 will be implementing the Broken Bonds Round. This will be a fast-paced, 60 minute round. Each team will receive a packet of 3 questions, of their chosen level of difficulty (easy, medium, hard). This question set will be completed at the team’s own pace and organization. Upon completion of the questions, the entire packet will be turned in and a new question set can be chosen, at the same or different difficulty. These questions will be drawn from a broad range of general chemistry topics.