Jan 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog
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CHM 165 - General Chemistry I

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
A thorough treatment of general chemistry including atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, acids and bases, reaction rates, equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. This course is intended for science, engineering, pre-vet, pre-med, pre-dental and pre-optometry majors.
Prerequisite: One year H.S. Chem. OR CHM 122  with a grade of C or better; and either a minimum placement score of: ALEKS 46%, ACT math score of 22, SAT math score of 530 or complete MAT 073  with a C- or higher. Score from ALEKS/ACT/SAT and grade from MAT 073  must be no more than 5 years old.
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of measurement using both the metric and English systems.
    1. Apply rules for use of significant figures to measurement and calculations.
    2. Solve problems by dimensional analysis.
    3. Solve problems using density.
    4. Work with various temperature scales.
  2. Assess various classifications and properties of matter.
    1. Distinguish between extensive and intensive properties.
    2. Differentiate physical and chemical changes and properties.
    3. Classify substances as compounds or mixtures.
  3. Evaluate numbers of particles and mass through the concepts of formula ratios and the mole.
    1. Differentiate between atoms, molecules and ions.
    2. Calculate masses of various formula units.
    3. Relate the mole unit to other units of matter measurement.
    4. Solve problems involving percent composition of matter.
    5. Determine empirical and molecular formulas from experimental data.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of solutions.
    1. Describe qualitatively the composition of solutions.
    2. Express quantitatively the concentration of solutions.
    3. Perform calculations using concentration units.
  5. Predict quantities involved in chemical changes.
    1. Balance chemical equations.
    2. Perform stoichiometric calculations involving moles, masses, and mass changes.
    3. Calculate percent yield. 
  6. Evaluate the composition and structure of atoms and isotopes
    1. Distinguish between atoms and isotopes of various elements based on sub-atomic particles.
    2. Describe basic relationships involving electromagnetic radiation as it relates to modern models of atomic structure.
    3. Predict the arrangement of electrons in atoms based on the periodic table.
    4. Apply the periodic nature of the chemical elements to predict and explain chemical and physical properties.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of ionic compounds.
    1. Describe the composition and formation of ionic compounds.
    2. Write chemical names and formulas for ionic compounds.
    3. Assign oxidation numbers to elements in an ionic compound.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of covalent bonding.
    1. Describe the composition and formation of molecular substances.
    2. Describe how electrons are involved in nonpolar covalent and polar covalent bonding.
    3. Write names and formulas of molecular substances.
    4. Draw Lewis dot structures to represent covalent substances.
    5. Predict the shapes and polarities of molecules using the VSEPR theory.
  9. Analyze chemical reactions based on similar patterns.
    1. Distinguish between electrolytes and non-electrolytes.
    2. Identify oxidizing and reducing agents in an oxidation-reduction reaction.
    3. Identify conjugate pairs in Bronsted Acid-Base reactions.
    4. Given the reactants write net ionic equations for acid-base and precipitation reactions.
  10. Distinguish properties associated with gases.     
    1. Use the ideas of the kinetic molecular theory to describe a gas’s behavior.
    2. Use gas laws to quantify gas properties.
    3. Relate gas laws to stoichiometry problems.
  11. Relate thermodynamics to chemical processes.
    1. Explain what the First Law of Thermodynamics means.
    2. Calculate energy changes involve in chemical reactions and processes.
    3. Calculate enthalpy changes using Hess’s Law.
  12. Investigate the condensed states of matter.
    1. Describe the 4 types of interparticle attractions.
    2. Discuss the relationship between vapor pressure, evaporation rate, attractive forces, boiling point, and melting point.
    3. Incorporate changes of state into heat transfer problems.
  13. Perform various laboratory operations.
    1. Develop accurate measurement techniques.
    2. Use laboratory equipment in a prescribed manner.
    3. Handle chemicals safely.
    4. Collect data from a variety of experiments.
    5. Use experimental data to study chemical theories.
    6. Relate experimental measurements to classroom work.

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