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CHM 109 - Introduction to Chemistry

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  

This introductory chemistry course covers the basic chemical principles and prepares students for the General Chemistry course (CHM 151 ). Emphasis is on the concepts of chemical structure, bonding and stoichiometric relationships. This course has a laboratory component that introduces students to safety and basic chemistry laboratory techniques.

This course is equivalent to the Introductory Chemistry, CHM 110 , combined with the Introductory Chemistry Lab, CHM 111 , courses. Students cannot receive credit for both CHM-109 and CHM 110 /CHM 111  courses.

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

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of chemistry.
  2. Solve dimensional analysis problems related to chemical calculations using the principles of mathematics.
  3. Describe chemical concepts while applying them to real-world contexts.
  4. Use the periodic table as a resource.
  5. Apply experimental techniques and safety rules used in the execution of laboratory experiments.

 Listed Topics

  1. Significant digits, exponential and scientific notation
  2. Measurements and dimensional analysis
  3. Matter and its properties
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Periodic classification of the elements
  6. Ionic and covalent bonding
  7. Chemical nomenclature
  8. The mole concept
  9. Chemical equations
  10. Stoichiometric calculations
  11. Acids, bases and solutions
  12. Laboratory techniques
Reference Materials
Standard introductory chemistry text, materials and lab manual.
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
Last Reviewed: 1/22/2023

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