Course Syllabus




Course Description:

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Covers general chemical principles including structure of matter, chemical equations and bonding, gases, solutions, periodic law, acids and bases, and chemical equilibrium.


Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Solve chemical and physical problems including solutions, gases, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and molecular geometry.
  • Analyze the contributing factors involved in chemical and physical processes.
  • Communicate chemical and physical processes including solutions, gases, thermochemistry, and quantum theory using chemical names and symbols.
  • Write a chemical abstract that clearly and concisely communicates the content and results of an experiment.

Course Content:

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  • Atomic and molecular structure of matter.
  • Types of common chemical reactions.
  • Classification and nomenclature of elements and compounds.
  • Theories of gases, electron-pair repulsion, bonding, acids and bases, and equilibrium.
  • Mathematical treatment of stoichiometry and concentrations of solutions.
  • Significant figures in measurements and calculations involving measured numbers.
  • Laboratory experiments dealing with all of the above.
  • Historical development of chemistry.

Laboratory Content

  • Measurement 
  • Chemical and physical properties
  • Density
  • Empirical formula
  • Solutions and reactions dealing with acid-base, precipitation, and redox chemistry
  • Ideal gas law
  • Thermodynamics (specific heats, heats of combustion, and additivity of heats)
  • Electronic structure (spectral analysis of hydrogen emission lamp) 
  • Valence shell electron pair repulsion


Great newsyour textbook for this class is available for free online!
Chemistry (Atoms First) from OpenStax, ISBN 

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Important Notes:

  • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. All information will remain confidential.
  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

Course Summary:

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