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Chemistry 102

CHEM 101:102:103

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CHEM 101:102:103. General Chemistry
Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory (4, 4, 4).

Prerequisites: None

Semesters offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to the principles and applications of chemistry. Students whose major requires upper-level chemistry course must take CHEM 101, 102. Others may take either CHEM 101, 102 or 101, 103 to satisfy the two-semester sequence required by their major or to satisfy the General Education science requirement. CHEM 101 includes measurements, stoichiometry, atoms and molecules, gases, and solutions. CHEM 102 includes molecular orbital theory, crystal lattices, equilibrium calculations, electrochemistry, and kinetics. CHEM 103 is divided equally between inorganic and organic/biochemistry topics. CHEM 103 is designed mainly for nursing majors and non-science majors.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to man's knowledge of matter so that they will understand several fundamental models of chemistry, will be able to relate chemistry to the real world, and will develop problem solving skills.

An outline of the topics covered is:

1. Introduction to Chemistry

a. Scientific Method
b. Measurements and Units of Measurements
c. Significant Figures
d. Matter, Elements, and Compounds
e. Symbols, Formulas, and Chemical Equations
f. Nomenclature

2. Atoms and Molecules

a. Laws of Chemical Combination
b. Moles
c. Weight Percentages
d. Empirical and Molecular Formulas
e. Periodic Properties of the Elements

3. Chemical Reactions

a. Writing and Balancing Equations
b. Stoichiometry of Chemical Equations
c. Limiting Reagent Calculations
d. Solutions and Concentrations
e. Calculations Involving Solutions
f. Reactions in Solution

4. Properties of Gases

a. Volume and Pressure
b. Boyle's Law
c. Charles's Law
d. Ideal Gas Law
e. Dalton's Law of Partial Pressure
f. Graham's Law of Effusion
g. Kinetic Molecular Theory
h. Real Gases and the van der Waals Equation

5. Electronic Structure of the Atom

a. Electromagnetic Radiation and Atomic Spectra
b. Bohr Atom
c. Wave Nature of Matter
d. Schrodinger Equation and Atomic Orbitals
e. Electron Configurations of the Elements
f. Periodic Table as a Consequence of Electron Configurations
g. Atomic Properties

6. Chemical Bonding

a. Ionic Bonding
b. Lewis Symbols of the Elements
c. Covalent Bonding from Valance Bond Concepts
d. Resonance
e. Formal Charge in Structures

7. Physical States of Matter

a. Intermolecular Forces
b. Properties of the Physical States
c. Vapor Pressures of Liquids and Solids
d. Boiling and Melting Points

8. Properties of Solutions

a. Types of Solutions
b. Solutions and Concentrations
c. Vapor Pressures of Solutions
d. Colligative Properties including Osmotic Pressure
e. Electrolytes

9. Introduction of Thermochemistry


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

CHEM 101 is a lecture and laboratory course. One hundred and fifty minutes a week is a lecture format which is informal in that students are encouraged to participate and ask questions.

The three hour laboratory period consists of a safety and laboratory introduction lecture, actual laboratory performance by the student, and completion of a laboratory report. To help students prepare for tests, they are given weekly homework assignments and/or quizzes.


Goals and Objectives of the course

Student outcomes:

1. Apply analytical skills to solve chemistry problems on homework assignments and tests.
2. Be able to pass test on the material outlined in Section B.
3. Be able to perform laboratory experiments that are related to subject matter in section
4. Develop a better understanding of our changing technological age.


Assessment Measures

The goals of this course are:

1. to develop the analytical skills of students
2. to teach students to appreciate chemistry and its importance to their lives.
3. to have students learn what matter is one the microscopic scale and how and why matter undergoes chemical reactions.
4. to discus Chemistry's ethical, social, and environmental problems.
5. to present the subject areas of measurements, the metric system, atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, the gas and liquid phase, chemical bonding, solutions, and an understanding of the periodic chart.

Assessment of the students' success in the course is based on the grades from three to four tests, the final exam, homework problems and/or quizzes, and laboratory reports.


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Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed by Walter S. Jaronski, Chair