2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

Credits: 4
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
  1. Perform successful unit conversions with metric, English, and SI system units.
  2. Apply rules for significant figures.
  3. Describe and classify physical and chemical properties of matter.
  4. Determine and interpret the chemical symbols of atoms and ions and the composition of inorganic compounds in chemical formulas.
  5. Formulate balanced chemical equations and use them in stoichiometry calculations.
  6. Perform calculations for the composition, density and specific heat of compounds and the concentration of solutions.
  7. Describe and classify the behavior of compounds and elements in water.
  8. Identify and match the electron configuration in an atom or ion with orbitals and quantum numbers.
  9. Differentiate and define periodic trends in properties of elements using a periodic table.
  10. Evaluate the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.
  11. Identify and predict covalent and ionic bonding in compounds.
  12. Create Lewis structures for molecules and ions.
  13. Predict 3-dimensional geometry, polarity, and bond angles in molecules.
  14. Perform and interpret gas law calculations.
  15. Evaluate basic thermochemical relationships and calculations.
  16. List and describe intermolecular forces in solids and liquids.
  17. Demonstrate basic lab skills such as volume measurements, analytical balance operation, solution separation, titration, and laboratory safety procedures.
  18. 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
Corequisite: None
Graded: Letter Grade

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