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CHM 151 - General Chemistry 1

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: CHM 109  or CHM 110  and CHM 111 , MAT 108  or MAT 111  or higher.


This course introduces students to general chemistry concepts and covers the properties of matter, periodicity, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases and thermochemistry. Laboratory experiments deal with the qualitative and quantitative determination of the physical and chemical properties of chemical substances.

This is the first semester of the two-semester comprehensive General Chemistry course. Students are advised to take General Chemistry 2, CHM 152  , to complete the sequence.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry and the periodic properties of the elements.
  2. Describe chemical concepts while applying them to real-world contexts.
  3. Solve chemical problems using mathematical methods.
  4. Infer the information from the periodic table as a resource.
  5. Apply experimental techniques and safety rules used in the execution of laboratory experiments.

 Listed Topics

  1. Measurements and dimensional analysis
  2. Classification of matter and its properties
  3. Chemical nomenclature
  4. Calculations with chemical formulas and equations - stoichiometry
  5. Chemical reactions
  6. Properties of gases
  7. Thermochemistry
  8. Atomic and molecular structure
  9. Periodic classification of the elements
  10. Electron configuration and periodicity
  11. Ionic and covalent bonding
  12. Molecular geometry
  13. Theories of bonding
Reference Materials
Standard text and materials approved by the instructor
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/5/2021

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