General Chemistry I Lab

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Course Number: CHEM101L
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This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine’s General Chemistry I course. Students will complete at home laboratory experiments, track and record results and take lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and supplemental online materials. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into laboratory sciences.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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  • 10/4/14 by maiurix4
    This course seems to be for science majors. I was looking for a basic Intro to Chemistry course to take for as an Elementary Education major. This course was much more intense than I anticipated. It was, by far, the most difficult class I have taken. Straighterline courses are not for the faint of heart. The instructions for the labs can be confusing so I suggest students organize their materials and ask questions from the student advisor BEFORE beginning the labs.
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  • 10/4/14 by maiurix4
    This course seems to be for science majors. I was looking for a basic Intro to Chemistry course to take for as an Elementary Education major. This course was much more intense than I anticipated. It was, by far, the most difficult class I have taken. Straighterline courses are not for the faint of heart. The instructions for the labs can be confusing so I suggest students organize their materials and ask questions from the student advisor BEFORE beginning the labs.
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  • 9/21/14 by rojo45390
    Would probably be a much better course if taken with Chem I class
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  • 9/21/14 by rojo45390
    Would probably be a much better course if taken with Chem I class
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  • 9/18/14 by adrianaamon
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  • 7/22/14 by negrinis70
    Focusing is the key
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  • 7/22/14 by negrinis70
    Focusing is the key
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  • 7/21/14 by kellylowe43
    Good course, the kit that went along with it was missing some things that were needed for the experiments. It also contained more items than necessary, specifically more experiments than were called for. This seemed like a waste of money and materials. Some of the lab protocols were hard to understand and made the experiments difficult to complete.
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  • 7/21/14 by kellylowe43
    Good course, the kit that went along with it was missing some things that were needed for the experiments. It also contained more items than necessary, specifically more experiments than were called for. This seemed like a waste of money and materials. Some of the lab protocols were hard to understand and made the experiments difficult to complete.
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Course Objectives

After completing this course, student will: 

  • have a clear understanding of lab safety protocol
  • understand the scientific and have experience applying it during laboratory experiments
  • recognize what makes a successful analysis
  • have conducted successful experiments
  • understand why molecules have a particular shape
  • understand and approximate the importance of Avogadro’s Number
  • recognize balanced chemical equations
  • observe how a catalyst affects a reaction
  • understand how to appropriately draft a lab report
  • understand how to evaluate hypotheses in terms of data created by lab experiments

Lab

Title

Objectives

1

Lab Safety

  • Understand the importance of safety in the chemistry laboratory
  • Learn the chemistry safety rules
  • Understand what to do in case of a chemistry laboratory accident
  • Demonstrate the safety rules by creating a safe chemistry laboratory environment

2

The Scientific Method

  • Demonstrate how to safely and effectively conduct independent laboratory experiments
  • Distinguish between statements that are testable by science and those that are not
  • Write a testable hypothesis
  • Carry out a controlled, repeatable, experiment to test the hypothesis

3

Data Analysis and Graphing

  • Collect measurement data such as mass, volume, and density, using the most appropriate tools
  • Demonstrate the impact of unit conversations and significant figures during data analysis
  • Review data and construct corresponding graphs
  • Apply the scientific method to determine what happens to a gummy candy after soaking in water

4

Molar Mass

  • Identify and understand the relevance of Avogadro’s number
  • Experimentally determine the grams of a substance and convert to moles

5

Electron Configuration
  • Identify elements using a flame test
  • Determine the electron configuration of known elements
  • Apply the concepts of quantized atomic energy
  • Interpret the relationship between color and wavelength

6

Molecular Geometry: The VSEPR Model

  • Draw Lewis Dot Structures of main group elements
  • Predict the geometries of simple polyatomic molecules using the VSEPR bonding theory
  • Draw sketches of molecules using the correct geometric angles for bonds

7

Evaluating Precipitation Reactions

  • Identify the solid that forms in a precipitation reaction
  • Calculate the theoretical, actual, and percent yield from the precipitation reaction

8

Using the Ideal Gas Law

  • Determine the relationship between pressure and temperature
  • Understand how to use Charles’s Law
  • Understand how to use the Ideal Gas Law

There are no prerequisites to take General Chemistry with Lab, however it is recommended that students have completed Introductory Algebra or it's equivalent (or higher) prior to beginning the course and that they also have completed or plan to complete General Chemistry I within 6 months of taking this course.

This course utilizes custom lab kit from eScience Labs which costs $105 plus shipping. Click the kit code [kit4444] to purchase from eScience Labs. Please note that purchasing the correct kit is essential to your success in the course.

NOTE - This course is now utilizing an updated kit from eScienceLabs, so please be sure to have purchased kit4444 to ensure proper alignment between your lab materials and the course content.

In order to save money for our students we have worked with ESL to eliminate certain household items which added to a much higher cost of standard kit. You will need to furnish the items below to complete the labs. Each item can be found at most grocery stores or in your pantry. Download the list.

Lab 1:
  • Distilled water
Lab 2:
  • Paper towel
  • 1 Penny
  • Tap water
Lab 3:
  • Camera (camera phone)
  • Penny
  • Printer
  • Distilled water
  • Calculator
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
Lab 4:
  • Calculator
  • Paper towel
Lab 6:
  • Camera (camera phone)
  • Printer
Lab 7:
  • Camera (camera phone)
  • Tap water
Lab 8:
  • Ice
  • Pencil
  • Stopwatch/clock
  • Tap water
  • Clear tape
  • Internet
  • Warm tap water
  • Distilled water

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 500 points in the course*:

Topic

Assessment

Points

Access Code Assignment

40

1

Lab + Exam: Introduction to Safety

85 + 35

2

Lab + Exam: The Scientific Method

85 + 35

3

Lab + Exam: Data Analysis and Graphing

85 + 35

4

Lab + Exam: Molar Mass

85 + 35

5

Lab + Exam: Electron Configuration

85 + 35

6

Lab + Exam: The VSEPR Model

85 + 35

7

Lab + Exam: Evaluating Precipitation Reactions

85 + 35

8

Lab + Exam: Using the Ideal Gas Law

85 + 35

Total

1000

*Please note that not every piece of the lab will carry a grade but any required materials (as reflected in lab instructions must be completed to be eligible for a transcript. Uploads required include lab exercises (Word documents) and digital photographs of laboratory exercises.  If these files are not submitted StraighterLine will not be able to provide students a final grade.

This lab-only course is designed as a standalone addition to StraighterLine’s General Chemistry I course. Students will complete at home laboratory experiments, track and record results and take lab-based assessments to meet the lab requirement. The labs are provided by eScience Labs, a leading provider of at home lab kits and supplemental online materials. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into laboratory sciences.

Information about the required lab kit is available in the "Course Text" tab below.

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