General Chemistry 1

Course Description

General chemistry topics important for higher level chemistry and science courses: thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and quantum mechanics. Successful completion of a college algebra course is required for enrollment in this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Name and classify inorganic compounds.
  • Determine empirical and molecular formulas from empirical data.
  • Balance chemical equations and use stoichiometric relationships and the mole concept to calculate product and reactant amounts.
  • Identify different types of reactions (precipitation, neutralization, oxidation-reduction) and predict the outcome of these reactions.
  • Explain the first law of thermodynamics and the role of energy and enthalpy in chemical reactions and perform thermochemical calculations.
  • Explain the basic concepts of quantum theory, determine the electron configurations of atoms, and use periodic trends to make predictions about atomic properties.
  • Explain theories of chemical bonding and determine the molecular geometry of molecules using VSEPR theory.
  • Apply gas laws and kinetic molecular theory to processes involving gases.


Students are expected to attend all class sessions, actively participate in class activities and discussions, complete examinations as scheduled, and to turn in all assignments on time. Students are also expected to read all assigned material to the class session in which the material is presented and be prepared to contribute to discussion and dialogue.


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