Course Abstract Details

CHEM-105, Principles of General Chemistry 1

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

CHEM-105, General Chemistry 1, is the first semester course for students who intend to major in chemistry, life sciences and other areas that require a minimum of one semester and/or one year of college chemistry. Topics covered in the course include study of matter and measurements, atoms, molecules and ions, stoichiometry involving chemical reactions, solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the electronic structure of the atom, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, and the physical behavior of
gases. Prerequisite: exemption/completion with a C grade or better in CHEM-101 or (READ-A-F and high school chemistry), and MATH-128, or consent of the division chair. 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. Solve various chemistry problems using the metric system, using proper mathematical and problem-solving skills with the aid of non-graphing and non-programmable calculators. (GE2, PG1, PG2)
2. Describe the nature of matter and atomic theory and its relevance. (GE2, GE3, PG1)
3. Apply proper nomenclature and formulas in writing balanced reactions and solve stiochometric problems. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
4. Qualitatively and quantitatively describe and predict the reactions of chemicals, and perform thermochemistry analyses of these reactions. (GE3, PG1, PG2)
5. Describe and analyze the behavior of gases, and apply the laws that govern these behaviors in problem-solving. (GE2, PG1, PG2)
6. Explain and interpret the periodic trends of elements and electron configuration. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
7. Predict and formulate the bonding of atoms and molecular geometry of compounds. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2)
8. Perform collaborative laboratory explorations to reinforce understanding of chemical concepts, develop mastery in proper measuring techniques and laboratory report writing; and relate lab experience to applications of chemistry in daily life. (GE1, GE3, GE4, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)
9. Research and present information on selected topics from the 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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