Apr 21, 2021
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
An investigation of the fundamental structure of matter and chemical terminology. Introduces topics such as solution chemistry, thermochemistry and gas laws. Designed for science and pre-professional majors. Students enrolled in CHEM 121 should have taken or have concurrent enrollment in MATH 127 or MATH 128 .
Student Learning Outcomes
- Perform successful unit conversions with metric, English, and SI system units.
- Apply rules for significant figures.
- Describe and classify physical and chemical properties of matter.
- Determine and interpret the chemical symbols of atoms and ions and the composition of inorganic compounds in chemical formulas.
- Formulate balanced chemical equations and use them in stoichiometry calculations.
- Perform calculations for the composition, density and specific heat of compounds and the concentration of solutions.
- Describe and classify the behavior of compounds and elements in water.
- Identify and match the electron configuration in an atom or ion with orbitals and quantum numbers.
- Differentiate and define periodic trends in properties of elements using a periodic table.
- Evaluate the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.
- Identify and predict covalent and ionic bonding in compounds.
- Create Lewis structures for molecules and ions.
- Predict 3-dimensional geometry, polarity, and bond angles in molecules.
- Perform and interpret gas law calculations.
- Evaluate basic thermochemical relationships and calculations.
- List and describe intermolecular forces in solids and liquids.
- Demonstrate basic lab skills such as volume measurements, analytical balance operation, solution separation, titration, and laboratory safety procedures.
- Keep a lab notebook and manipulate data into tables and graphs.
Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or CHEM 110 ; or a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Exam
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