General Chemistry w/Lab I

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Course Description: 
For science, engineering and other majors who plan to take a year or more of chemistry courses. Principles of general chemistry including atomic structure and periodic properties, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, and electronic structure. Laboratory work emphasizes the quantitative nature of these principles. 4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours. Satisfies science or lab requirement area B distribution or specified elective for the AA degree.
Course Prerequisites: 
Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM& 121 and concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141 or placement in MATH& 142. Cor equisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 161 Lab.
Course Outcomes: 
  • Understand the scientific method.
  • Use the metric system of units and the appropriate number of significant figures in calculations; perform unit conversions, including those involving density.
  • Define and classify matter as elements, compounds, solutions, and heterogeneous mixtures.
  • Understand and apply the Laws of Chemical Combination; explain these laws using Atomic Theory.
  • Describe the structure of an atom; identify isotopes of an element.
  • Understand the structure of the Periodic Table; identity metals, nonmetals, and metalloids and know their properties.
  • Identify and know the properties of molecular and ionic compounds; name and write formulas for inorganic compounds.
  • Understand and apply the mole concept.
  • Determine the chemical composition of a compound using experimental data, including combustion analysis.
  • Solve stoichiometry problems, including excess/limiting reactant problems.
  • Understand and apply the concept of molar concentration to solution stoichiometry problems.
  • Distinguish between electrolytes and nonelectrolytes; recognize and classify common acids and bases.
  • Write molecular, ionic, and net ionic equations for metathesis reactions.
  • Define the terms associated with oxidation/reduction reactions; assign oxidation numbers and balance redox equations using the ion/electron method.
  • Understand and apply the activity series of metals and hydrogen.
  • Solve problems involving acid/base and redox titrations.
  • Define common terms associated with energy, including heat, temperature, internal energy, and enthalpy.
  • Understand and apply the First Law of Thermodynamics.
  • Solve calorimetry problems using specific heat and heat capacity.
  • Recognize thermochemical equations; use Hess’s Law to solve problems involving heats of reaction.
  • Understand the wave/particle nature of light and matter.
  • Perform calculations involving the wavelength, frequency, and energy of a photon of light.
  • Apply the Bohr and quantum mechanical models of the atom.
  • Write electronic configurations for atoms and monatomic ions; use these configurations to explain the chemical and physical properties of the elements.