2020-2021 Catalog 
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CHM 130 - Fundamental Chemistry

CHM 1130.
Description: Introduction to the study of chemistry as a basis for understanding our complicated world. Overview of classification, structure, and chemical behavior, including inorganic, organic, and biological materials.

Prerequisites: MAT 092  or one year of high school algebra or satisfactory score on mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:

  1. The Scientific Method
  2. Measurement and units of measurement.

a. The metric system, dimensional analysis

  1. The structure, properties, and classification of matter

a. Atoms, isotopes, ions, elements and compounds
b. Electronic structure, and periodic properties
c. Formulas, equations, names

  1. Nuclear Radiation

a. Radioactivity and Radioisotopes

  1. Compounds and Bonding

a. Ions and molecules
b. Ionic and covalent bonds
c. Geometry of molecules

  1. Chemical Reactions

a. Writing and balancing chemical equations
b. Equations and the mole
c. Problem solving using dimensional analysis

  1. Gases Liquids and Solids

a. Kinetic Molecular Theory
b. Intermolecular forces
c. Changes of state

  1. Solutions

a. Concentration
b. Colligative properties

  1. Chemical reactions and behavior

a. Acid -base equilibrium, pH, and buffers

  1. Introductory aspects of elementary organic, and biological chemistry

a. Functional groups, isomers polymers, carbohydrates, lipids proteins, and enzymes
b. Reactions and synthesis
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-10) 

a. Solve chemical problems using concepts central to chemistry
b. Relate molecular shape and polarity to physical properties

  1. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (1-10)

a. Use scientific vocabulary to describe chemical phenomenon.
b. Write equations that describe chemical change using accepted nomenclature and symbols.
c. Describe the major themes associated with concepts presented during the term of study

  1. Interpret the numerical and graphical presentation of scientific data. (1-10) 

a. Use data to support a conclusion or interpretation.
b. Use graphical data to analyze unknowns.
c. Draw conclusions regarding a chemical relationship using information presented on graphs.

  1. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (1,2,4,8,9)

a. Use standard glassware and instruments to manipulate and measure chemical quantities.

  1. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-10)

a. Complete a report sheet that documents the result of an investigation.

Required Assessment:

  1. Students will complete a common comprehensive written final exam. Assessment will also include departmental pre-semester and post-semester evaluations. Instructors may utilize a variety of additional assessment measures including, but not limited to, quizzes, mid-term exams, written assignments, and homework. In all cases the required assessment measures will be outlined on the course syllabus.