Apr 13, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog
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CHEM& 161 - General Chemistry with Lab I

5 Credits

General chemistry for science and engineering majors. This first course in a three-quarter sequence includes the scientific method, quantitative measurements, nomenclature, determining chemical formulas, reactions, calculations of reaction masses and enthalpy changes, solution reactions, theories of atomic structure, electron configurations and atomic properties, and bonding classes and theories of bonding in molecules. One credit of laboratory is included.

Pre-requisite(s) CHEM& 121 min 1.5 or CHEM& 139 min 1.5 and Math 091 min 2.0
Placement Eligibility Math 107, 111, 146, 180, 098
Course Note Students who passed one year of high school chemistry with B’s or higher in the past two years and have placement into Math 098+ OR took half a year of high school chemistry with B’s or higher in the past two years and placement into Math 141+ can request an entry code for access to this class, in lieu of the prerequisite course or students may take a Chemistry Placement Test to test out of the prerequisite chemistry course.

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Students majoring in a physical, life, or health science, or engineering.
Active Date 20200330T21:14:42

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 44 Lab 22
Total Contact Hours 66
Degree Distributions:
  • Science
  • Science Lab

Course Outline
Topics will include the following, not necessarily in this order, with laboratory work paralleling lecture content.

1. Chemistry as a Science

2. Measurement and Units

3. Basic Atomic Theory

4. Compounds and Nomenclature

5. Formula Determination and Stoichiometry

6. Reactions in Solutions

7. Solution Stoichiometry

8. Enthalpy Change and Reactions

9. Electron structure in Atoms

10. Electron Configurations

11. Patterns in Atomic Properties

12. Ionic, Covalent, and Metallic Bonding

13. Molecular structure

14. Bond Theories and Bond Properties

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Properly perform laboratory operations to obtain and process data to arrive at conclusions.

2. Accurately explain the fundamental concepts of general chemistry themes.

3. Accurately solve problems using quantitative methods.

4. Accurately perform descriptive and operational problem solving based on a given theory.

5. Work effectively with others and communicate effectively in writing and orally.

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