General Chemistry I – chm150 (4 credits)

This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles and applications of chemistry. Topics include chemical nomenclature, atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, gas laws, and properties of solids and liquids. Students may apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and the experiments conducted through hands-on labs. This course is the first half of the general chemistry sequence, which is completed in CHM/151: General Chemistry II.

This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Molecules, Chemical Equations, and Stoichiometry

  • Classify molecules and compounds

  • Calculate formula mass, molecular mass, molar mass and composition of compounds  

  • Write balanced chemical equations
  • Use stoichiometry to perform calculations
  • Use solubility rules to write reaction products  

Oxidation and Reduction, Gas Laws, and Models for Gases

  • Explain the gas laws using kinetic molecular theory

  • Calculate pressure

  • Describe oxidation and reduction reactions and oxidation states

  • Use the gas laws to solve problems involving the properties of gases
  • Describe the behavior of real gases

Thermochemistry and Quantum Mechanics

  • Describe quantum mechanics and the nature of light

  • Explain the Bohr Model  

  • Use the de Broglie equation to calculate the wavelength of an electron

  • Describe the shapes of atomic orbitals

  • Calculate enthalpy of a reaction

  • Apply the first law of thermodynamics to chemical systems

  • Predict endothermic and exothermic processes

  • Calculate the wavelength and frequency of light

Periodic Properties and Lewis Theory of Bonding

  • Explain resonance and formal charge

  • Calculate delta H of reaction from bond energies

  • Write electron configurations

  • Predict Lewis structures

  • Explain electronegativity and bond polarity

  • Explain periodic trends

Valance Bond and Molecular Orbital Theories

  • Predict molecular polarity

  • Write hybridization and bonding schemes using valence bond theory

  • Explain molecular orbital theory

  • Predict shapes of molecules using VSPER theory

  • Describe organic compounds

Intermolecular Forces

  • Determine intermolecular forces present in molecules and compounds
  • Calculate heat of vaporization
  • Explain heating curves and phase diagrams
  • Describe crystalline solids
  • Explain surface tension, viscosity, and capillary action
  • Explain vapor pressure, vaporization, sublimation and fusion

Chemical Measurement, Atoms and Elements

  • Use correct units to describe scientific measurements and perform conversions  

  • Describe modern atomic theory  

  • Identify subatomic particles

  • Explain the organization of the periodic table

  • Define atomic mass, molar mass, and the mole
  • Explain the process of scientific inquiry

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