Introduction to Chemistry w/Lab

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Course Description: 
A survey of general chemical principles, including elements and compounds, atomic structure and periodic properties, chemical reactions, energy, equilibrium and kinetics, solutions, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. This course is intended for allied health and natural resources majors, as well as those students pursuing an AA degree. It also serves as the prerequisite for CHEM& 161 for students who have not completed one year of high school chemistry. This course, with CHEM& 131, constitutes a terminal sequence in chemistry and does not prepare a student for a second year of chemistry. 4 lecture hours; 2 lab hours. Students may not receive credit for both CHEM&110 and CHEM&121. Satisfies science or lab requirement area B distribution or specified elective for the AA degree.
Course Prerequisites: 
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 097 or placement in MATH 098. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 121 Lab .
Course Outcomes: 

Students completing the course will have been instructed in the following topics and procedures, evaluated on their ability to perform the required functions, and earn a course grade based on the evaluation of their ability to do the following:

  • Understand the scientific method and the role of observations and measurements in classifying the physical and chemical properties of matter and in the development of Atomic Theory.
  • Understand the quantum mechanical model of the atom and the relationship between electron configuration and chemical periodicity.
  • Solve problems involving the stoichiometry of chemical formulas and reactions.
  • Understand and apply models of chemical bonding, both ionic and covalent.
  • Describe the different types of chemical reactions, including metathesis and oxidation-reduction reactions.
  • Describe and explain the properties of the different states of matter and the effects of intermolecular forces of attraction on those properties.
  • Describe and explain the physical properties of solutions, including solution stoichiometry.
  • Understand and apply concepts of chemical equilibrium, including acid-base equilibria.
  • Describe and define the various properties of acids and bases and describe the function and action of buffers.