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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  or ”B” or better in high school chemistry within the past five years and MAT 108  or MAT 111  or higher.

This is a chemistry course appropriate for science and engineering majors. The topics include: measurements, classification and properties of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, chemical reactions and the structure. Laboratory experiments deal with the quantitative and qualitative determination of physical and chemical properties of chemical substances.

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

  1. List the common SI units of measurement, the values of selected prefixes and the use of dimensional analysis to interconvert units of measurement.
  2. Classify matter on the basis of physical and chemical properties and physical and chemical changes.
  3. Describe the structure of the atom in terms of subatomic particles; write the isotopic symbol for any isotope of a given element and an atom’s electronic configuration.
  4. Use the periodic table to categorize elements, infer the physical and chemical properties of elements, and to determine electron configurations.
  5. Write proper formulas and name common ions, ionic, covalent and organic compounds including acid base nomenclature where appropriate.
  6. Apply the mole concept to the determination of mass, % composition, empirical and molecular formulas.
  7. Apply the mole concept to stoichiometry calculations such as yield and per cent yield.
  8. Discuss the role of heat in chemical reactions, perform calorimetric calculations or use enthalpy tables to determine the heat of reaction.
  9. Discuss the properties of electromagnetic radiation with respect to wavelength, frequency, energy and spectral region and be able to calculate the energy, frequency or wavelength from appropriate data.
  10. Compare and contrast the Bohr and quantum theories of atomic structure and how they account for location of electrons in atoms and spectral lines.
  11. Write Lewis structures for ions, ionic and covalent compounds and use these structures and VSPER theory to predict molecular and ionic geometries.
  12. Compare and contrast valence bond, molecular orbital and metallic bonding theories and how each accounts for molecular structures and properties.
  13. Use kinetic molecular theory to account for the properties of gases and the gas laws.
  14. Use gas laws to calculate the pressure, volume, temperature, number of moles or molecular.
Listed Topics
  1. Measurements
  2. Classification of matter
  3. Chemical nomenclature
  4. Type of chemical reactions
  5. Calculations involving the mole concept
  6. Classification and balancing of equations
  7. Reaction stoichiometry and its applications
  8. Atomic structure
  9. Periodicity and electron configurations
  10. Ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding
  11. Molecular geometry
  12. Valence bond and molecular orbital bonding theories
  13. Properties of gases and the gas laws
Reference Materials
Standard textbook
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 07/13/2006

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