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CHE 111 - General Chemistry 1

4 credit hours - Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly; one term.
This course meets the Biological and Physical Sciences General Education Requirement.

Study atomic theory and periodic relationships, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, stoichiometry, kinetic-molecular theory, solutions, oxidation-reduction, reactions of molecules and ions and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory work includes basic techniques and principles as well as quantitative measurements by titration, calorimetry and stoichiometry. Lab fee $40.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121  and either MAT 141  (formerly MAT 131) with a grade of C or better or eligibility for MAT 151 .

Crosslisted: Also offered as CHE 111H  .

Note: Credit is not given for both CHE 111 and CHE 103  or CHE 111H  and CHE 103  or CHE 115  .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply dimensional analysis to solve numerical problems in chemistry
    • Explain the concept of dimensional analysis
    • Use SI units, Metric system in calculations
    • Apply dimensional analysis to a variety of problems in chemistry, including unit conversions
    • Use rules of significant figures to round off numerical answers
    • Include appropriate units in calculations
    • Check answers for magnitude, mathematical signs and units
  • Categorize types of matter and their general properties
    • Recognize different types of matter such as elements, compounds or mixtures
    • Label a given substance as a specific type of matter
    • State examples of types of matter
    • Recognize general properties of types of matter
    • Recognize commonly known elements that are abundant (in earth’s crust, the atmosphere and the oceans)
    • Describe appropriate techniques to separate components of given mixtures
    • Locate certain elements in the Periodic Table
  • Analyze the structure of the atom
    • Diagram the structure of the atom in terms of subatomic particles
    • Outline the contributions by scientists to the elucidation of the structure of the atom
    • Track the scientific method in the historical development of the Atomic Theory
    • Dscribe the fundamental nature of atoms as building blocks of all matter
    • Differentiate various models for the atom
    • Describe the concept of isotopes, providing appropriate examples
  • Determine types of inorganic compounds, their formulas and systematic names
    • Apply the basic rules of chemical nomenclature of inorganic compounds
    • Use the Periodic Table to determine charges of monatomic ions for use in writing formulas of binary ionic compounds
    • Use Greek prefixes (mono through deca) to name binary molecular compounds
    • Write names/formulas of specified compounds
  • Apply the mole concept to a variety of situations
    • Explain why the mole concept is central to chemistry
    • Interconvert grams to moles, moles to grams, moles to particles and particles to moles
    • Explain the importance of molar ratios of substances in chemical reactions
    • Write balanced chemical equations
    • Recognize the limiting reactant in a given reaction (based on quantities of substances)
    • Solve stoichiometry problems, including solution stoichiometry
  • Analyze different types of chemical reaction, representing them in specified formats
    • Recognize different types of chemical reaction
    • Use appropriate notations in writing chemical equations
    • Balance given chemical equations
    • Write complete and/or net ionic equations for specified ones
    • Predict products of certain chemical reactions based on given information such as solubility rules or precipitation diagram
    • Predict products of various types of chemical reactions
    • Apply principles of stoichiometry to acid-base reactions, including molarity calculations
  • Ascertain energy changes in chemical reactions
    • Differentiate among the terms: heat, temperature, specific heat, different forms of energy, exothermic and endothermic processes
    • Relate energy change of a chemical process to stoichiometry
    • Interpret heats of formation and bond energy values
    • Determine various thermochemical quantities
  • Explain the structure of the atom in terms of newer models
    • Explain the interaction of energy with matter
    • Solve numerical problems involving properties of electromagnetic radiation
    • Differentiate various models for the atom
    • Illustrate electron configurations of atoms
    • Relate the positions of the elements in the periodic table to electron configurations
  • Explain the periodic trends in the properties of the elements in the PeriodicTable
    • Recognize the names and symbols of the first 20 elements
    • Predict charges of ions of main group elements
    • Predict trends in ionization energy, electron affinity, atomic size, metallic character and electronegativity
    • Apply the concept of effective nuclear charge to trends in properties
    • Relate electron configuration of elements to their position in the Periodic Table
    • Relate electron configuration of ions to their position in the Periodic Table
  • Use appropriate models of chemical bonding to explain the structure of molecules
    • Differentiate between ionic and molecular bonding
    • Apply the octet rule to chemical bonding
    • Use the rules of formal charge to writing the structure of molecules
    • Apply rules of bonding to drawing Lewis structures
    • Write resonance structures where applicable
    • Apply VSEPR model to determining molecular shapes
    • Predict which orbitals of atoms, including hybrid orbitals are used to form chemical bonds in a given structure
    • Interpret bond angles, dipole, bond polarity and overall polarity
  • Analyze the behavior of gases based on gas laws and kinetic molecular theory
    • Explain various gas laws at the conceptual level
    • Predict behavior of gases using appropriate gas laws
    • Use the concept of mole in gas law problems
    • Solve numerical gas law problems using appropriate gas law equations
    • Explain the behavior of gases at the molecular level using the kinetic molecular theory
  • Analyze properties of substances in terms of chemical bonding
    • Recognize the various types of interparticle forces

    • Relate interparticle forces to chemical bonding
    • Compare relative strengths of interparticle forces for given substances
    • Explain properties of liquids and solids at the molecular level
    • Interpret solubility of substances in terms of interparticle forces
    • Explain the solution process
    • Compare relative solubility of substances in water and in other solvents
    • Use different concentration units to express solubility of substances in water
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 2 Technology Fluency Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking