Course Abstract Details

CHEM-101, Introductory Chemistry

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

CHEM-101, Introduction to Chemistry, is a preparatory chemistry course designed to show how chemistry is intimately involved in many aspects of our lives. The course will cover basic chemical and scientific concepts and applications. Topics covered in the course include matter and energy, atoms, ions and compounds, stoichiometry involving reactions, electronic structure of atom, states of matter including solutions, acids and bases, a
brief introduction to nuclear and organic chemistry and biochemistry. This course satisfies
the prerequisite for CHEM-105 and is also intended for allied health majors. Prerequisite:
exemption/completion of MAT-099 with C grade or better and READ-A-F . Any mathematical skills that are needed (beyond MAT-099) for this course will be developed as part of the course. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory, one hour conference each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:
1. Use the metric system, scientific notation, significant figures, and non-programmable and non-graphing scientific calculators to solve measurement and conversion based chemistry
problems. (GE2, PG1, PG2)
2. Recognize and describe the structure of atoms, molecules, ions as part of matter, use the periodic table to describe relationships among elements and predict chemical interactions, name compounds and describe/distinguish types of bonds. (GE2, GE3, PG1)
3. Apply the principles of writing elements and different types of compounds to predict and balancing chemical equations in different states of matter. (GE2,GE3,PG1)
4. Solve stoichiometric problems in balanced reactions with the help of mole concepts. (GE2,GE3,PG1,PG2)
5. Apply understanding of acids and bases to the properties of compounds and the relevance of such information. (GE7, PG1, PG4)
6. Solve different gaseous conditions with the aid of gas laws. (GE1,GE2,PG2)
7. Apply an understanding of chemical concepts to selected issues in human health and the environment. (GE2,GE7,PG1,PG2)
8. Recognize the process involving select nuclear reactions, process involving the nomenclature of organic chemistry with relevance to our interactions with such compounds. (GE6, PG1, PG2)
9. Perform collaborative laboratory explorations to reinforce their understanding of chemical concepts, develop mastery in proper measuring techniques and laboratory reporting; relate the lab experience to applications of chemistry in daily life. (GE1, GE3,GE4,GE7,PG1,PG2,PG3,PG4)
10. Research and present information on select topics from course using various modes of communication (oral, written, and visual) (GE1,GE4,GE5,GE6,GE7,PG1,PG3,PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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