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Course Description

This is the first semester of a year-long general chemistry course designed for science, engineering and pre-professional majors. Topics include properties of matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, elements and compounds, bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, as well as the properties of gases and solutions. (C-ID: CHEM 110) (C-ID: CHEM 120S: Chem 1A + Chem 1B) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 30A with a grade of 'C' or better, or high school chemistry with a grade of 'B' or better completed within the last five years, and Mathematics 233 with a grade of 'C' or better.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use the periodic table to gain information about atoms, elements and predict their properties and reactivities.
  • Identify the major class of reactions, balance equations and predict their products
  • Evaluate the chemical properties of electrolytes, acids and bases.
  • Writing and balancing equations for oxidation-reduction reactions for both acidic and basic solutions.
  • To prepare, manipulate and interpret thermochemical equations, enthalpy diagrams and use Hess's Law to calculate enthalpy changes.
  • Determine how ionic and molecular compounds are formed from their elements and what factors cause elements to form an ionic or molecular compound.
  • Compare and contrast Hybrid Orbital and Molecular Orbital theories to explain multiple bonds and the shapes of molecules.
  • Explain the Kinetic-Molecular theory of gases and relate it to the properties of gases.
  • Explain how atoms, ions or molecules can be arranged in crystalline solids and predict their properties.
  • Relate classroom and laboratory experi-ences to phenomena outside the classroom.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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