Introductory Chemistry

Course Description

Fundamentals of inorganic and organic chemistry, including bonding and basic types of reactions. An introduction to nuclear, biological and environmental chemistry. Basic principles and calculations of chemistry with emphasis in the areas of atomic structure, molecular structure and properties, equilibrium, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction and kinetics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the method scientists use to study nature.
  • Use scientific notation in expressing very large and very small numbers.
  • Use dimensional analysis in solving various types of problems.
  • Describe matter in terms of states, properties, and composition.
  • Identify elements and compounds from their chemical symbols and write chemical formula for simple inorganic compounds.
  • Describe the structure of the atom.
  • Use the periodic table to classify elements.
  • Complete and balance chemical reactions.
  • Perform chemical calculations to convert between grams, moles, and particles.
  • Determine empirical and molecular formula using experimental data.
  • Calculate the experimental and theoretical yields of reactions using stochiometry for pure substances and solutions.
  • Write the electronic configurations for the first 50 elements.
  • Predict bonding and ion formation based on the electronic configurations.
  • Predict molecular structures and write correct Lewis electron dot structures for simple ions and molecules.
  • Predict molecular geometries of molecules.
  • Calculate volume, pressure, and temperature of gases based on the ideal gas law.
  • Explain behaviors of matter using Kinetic Molecular Theory.
  • Describe how to prepare solutions of known molarity.
  • Describe the process of dissolving.
  • Define acids and bases and calculate pH based on concentration.
  • Determine oxidation and reducing agents in redox reactions.
  • Complete and balance nuclear reactions.
  • Use half-life to determine rate of radioactive decays.
  • Describe effects of radioactivity on biological systems.
  • Write and name simple organic compounds and functional groups.
  • Identify basic biological molecules.


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