General Chemistry I

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Course Number: CHEM101
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This is a comprehensive course designed to familiarize students with the basic principles of chemistry. The course begins with the study of atoms, quantum theory and periodic trends of the elements. Stoichiometry, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces and properties of solids, liquids and gases are also explored. From there chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, energy, radiation, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry topics are studied. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into the sciences.

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  • 10/22/14 by Cmjnurse
    I think that this course was challenging yet rewarding. I liked being able to perform the labs at my own pace and on my own time.
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  • 10/22/14 by Cmjnurse
    I think that this course was challenging yet rewarding. I liked being able to perform the labs at my own pace and on my own time.
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  • 10/21/14 by widdowsd
    This was the worst course I have ever taken. It had very little guidance and was much too difficult for a general intro class that is self paced. It did not focus on main concepts from the book, but branched out in to more complex areas where there had not been any focus at all. The object was not to learn anything, but to memorize a chemistry book that is about 800 pages long. The lessons that went along with the book were incredibly elementary, and easy to understand--that's great, except that it doesn't help at all when the tests have nothing to do with the online lessons.
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  • 10/21/14 by widdowsd
    This was the worst course I have ever taken. It had very little guidance and was much too difficult for a general intro class that is self paced. It did not focus on main concepts from the book, but branched out in to more complex areas where there had not been any focus at all. The object was not to learn anything, but to memorize a chemistry book that is about 800 pages long. The lessons that went along with the book were incredibly elementary, and easy to understand--that's great, except that it doesn't help at all when the tests have nothing to do with the online lessons.
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    Great course outline
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    Great course outline
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  • 9/16/14 by dsykes
    Very Hard. If you do well on the final
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    Very Hard. If you do well on the final
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  • 9/10/14 by blkpwdrsadie
    Excellent course.. Definitely prepares you for the next step in your career choice.
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    Excellent course.. Definitely prepares you for the next step in your career choice.
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    It was straightforward.
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    Terrible, the quiz and final exams are prepare way differently
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    Terrible, the quiz and final exams are prepare way differently
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  • 8/1/14 by jska1025
    This course was pretty difficult for me especially since I'm not very strong in science. I had a hard time understanding certain topics even with the lesson presentations and the workbook to go with the text
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  • 8/1/14 by jska1025
    This course was pretty difficult for me especially since I'm not very strong in science. I had a hard time understanding certain topics even with the lesson presentations and the workbook to go with the text
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  • 9/16/13 by adam.b
    General Chemistry was a very good course. The interactions offered with the straighterline courses are second to none.
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  • 8/25/13 by KIROBIMARY
    The course was a challenge and it took me longer than i expected
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    Buy or rent the book, other wise it is very difficult
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    Easy to follow format, at you own pace, organized.
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    I liked that it was self paced because I needed this class done fast!
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    I liked that the course content was very similar to my C.C. Chemistry course so the learning curve was not steep.
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    I liked the fact that it was easy to navigate this course. And the quizzes and games were also good and helped me in learning.
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    I liked the f'reedom to take test when I wanted.
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    The course outline was crucial for exam preparation.
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    The online format is lifestyle friendly. totally enjoy studying with friend in convenience of home around work and family. I love that we can go at our own pace. Price is competitive.
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    The specific aspect I liked in this course was that it was very fair. I really appreciated the amount of time that was given for each exam which helped and enabled me to solve all the long math equations within the time limit.
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    This course was very tricky, especially the questions. I was second guessing myself most of the time because of the way the questions were worded. The course overall was very intense.
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Course Objectives
Solve problems related to preparing solutions and expressing concentrations.

Topic

Title

Objectives

1

Introduction to Chemistry

  • Define chemistry and summarize the role of chemistry in today’s world.
  • Explain the forces that govern molecules and the resulting physical behavior.
  • Describe the various states of matter and their properties
  • Demonstrate the use of chemical calculations to solve problems.
  • Discuss the various aspects affecting chemical materials.

2

Matter and Its Components

  • Analyze Dalton’s atomic theory and the structure of the atom.
  • Describe the organization of the periodic table.
  • Compare and contrast compounds and mixtures.
  • Associate molecular and empirical formulas with compounds.

3

Stoichiometry

  • Define the mole and calculate mass percent from chemical formula.
  • Derive balanced chemical equations.

4

Reactions in Aqueous Solutions

  • Derive equations for aqueous reactions..
  • Predict whether precipitation will occur.
  • Derive and balance equations for redox reactions.

5

Thermochemistry

  • Apply the laws of thermodynamics to define enthalpy and calculate standard heats of reactions.

6

Quantum Theory

  • Compare and contrast the wave properties and particle properties of electromagnetic radiation.
  • Describe the Bohr Model of the hydrogen atom.

7

The Main Group Elements

  • Trace the trends in the atomic properties across the periodic table.
  • Apply the quantum-mechanical model of the atom to build the periodic table.
  • State the various characteristics of electrons and their significance.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of alkali metals and the alkaline earth metals.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of the halogens with the properties of the noble gases.

8

Properties of Liquids and Solids

  • Analyze the properties of liquids and solids.

9

Properties of Gases

  • AState the various gas laws and their application.
  • Summarize the applications of the Ideal Gas Law.
  • Analyze the Kinetic-Molecular Theory

10

Intermolecular Forces and Phase Changes

  • Summarize the process of phase change and the factors involved.
  • Create a phase change diagram to graphically demonstrate the relationship between pressure, temperature, and the physical state.

11

Modern Materials

  • Explain the development of polymers, ceramics and composite metals, liquid crystals, biomedical materials, and nanotechnology.

12

Colligative Properties of Solutions

  • Summarize the colligative properties of liquids..
  • Describe the structure and properties of colloids.
  • Discuss solubility and the factors affecting it.
  • Express solubility in terms of concentration.

13

Acids and Bases

  • Analyze the steps occurring in an acid-base reaction.

14

Entropy, Electrochemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry

  • Distinguish between the concepts of entropy, free energy, and work.
  • Express chemical equilibria with the help of the reaction quotient and the equilibrium constant.
  • Discuss the working of electrolytic cells with respect to free energy and electrical work.
  • Analyze the concept of radioactive decay and its role in the application of radioisotopes.

15

Transition Elements

  • Derive formulas for coordination compounds.
  • Apply the Valence Bond Theory and Crystal Bond Theory to explain the coordinate bond.

16

Nonmetallic Elements and Organic Chemistry

  • Summarize the properties of elements belonging to the boron, carbon, and oxygen families

16

Review

  • Complete a review of key content covered in this course.
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Topic

Title

Objectives

1

Introduction to Chemistry

  • Define chemistry and summarize the role of chemistry in today’s world.
  • Explain the forces that govern molecules and the resulting physical behavior.
  • Describe the various states of matter and their properties
  • Demonstrate the use of chemical calculations to solve problems.
  • Discuss the various aspects affecting chemical materials.

2

Matter and Its Components

  • Analyze Dalton’s atomic theory and the structure of the atom.
  • Describe the organization of the periodic table.
  • Compare and contrast compounds and mixtures.
  • Associate molecular and empirical formulas with compounds.

3

Stoichiometry

  • Define the mole and calculate mass percent from chemical formula.
  • Derive balanced chemical equations.
  • Solve problems related to preparing solutions and expressing concentrations.

4

Reactions in Aqueous Solutions

  • Derive equations for aqueous reactions..
  • Predict whether precipitation will occur.
  • Derive and balance equations for redox reactions.

5

Thermochemistry

  • Apply the laws of thermodynamics to define enthalpy and calculate standard heats of reactions.

6

Quantum Theory

  • Compare and contrast the wave properties and particle properties of electromagnetic radiation.
  • Describe the Bohr Model of the hydrogen atom.

7

The Main Group Elements

  • Trace the trends in the atomic properties across the periodic table.
  • Apply the quantum-mechanical model of the atom to build the periodic table.
  • State the various characteristics of electrons and their significance.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of alkali metals and the alkaline earth metals.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of the halogens with the properties of the noble gases.

8

Properties of Liquids and Solids

  • Analyze the properties of liquids and solids.

9

Properties of Gases

  • State the various gas laws and their application.
  • Summarize the applications of the Ideal Gas Law.
  • Analyze the Kinetic-Molecular Theory

10

Intermolecular Forces and Phase Changes

  • Summarize the process of phase change and the factors involved.
  • Create a phase change diagram to graphically demonstrate the relationship between pressure, temperature, and the physical state.

11

Modern Materials

  • Explain the development of polymers, ceramics and composite metals, liquid crystals, biomedical materials, and nanotechnology.

12

Colligative Properties of Solutions

  • Summarize the colligative properties of liquids..
  • Describe the structure and properties of colloids.
  • Discuss solubility and the factors affecting it.
  • Express solubility in terms of concentration.

13

Acids and Bases

  • Analyze the steps occurring in an acid-base reaction.

14

Entropy, Electrochemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry

  • Distinguish between the concepts of entropy, free energy, and work.
  • Express chemical equilibria with the help of the reaction quotient and the equilibrium constant.
  • Discuss the working of electrolytic cells with respect to free energy and electrical work.
  • Analyze the concept of radioactive decay and its role in the application of radioisotopes.

15

Transition Elements

  • Derive formulas for coordination compounds.
  • Apply the Valence Bond Theory and Crystal Bond Theory to explain the coordinate bond.

16

Nonmetallic Elements and Organic Chemistry

  • Summarize the properties of elements belonging to the boron, carbon, and oxygen families

16

Review

  • Complete a review of key content covered in this course.

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Chemistry, Fourth Edition, by Julia Burdge offers a clear writing style written with the students in mind. Julia uses her experience of teaching hundreds of general chemistry students per year and creates content to offer more in-depth explanation in areas where she knows they have problems. Continuing in the Burdge tradition, the fourth edition maintains an outstanding art program, a consistent problem-solving approach, interesting applications woven throughout the chapters, and a wide range of end-of-chapter problems.

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There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic

Assessment

Points

3

Graded Exam 1

115

6

Graded Exam 2

115

9

Graded Exam 3

115

12

Graded Exam 4

115

15

Graded Exam 5

115

19

Graded Exam 6

115

20

Final Exam

310

Total

1000


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This is a comprehensive course designed to familiarize students with the basic principles of chemistry. The course begins with the study of atoms, quantum theory and periodic trends of the elements. Stoichiometry, chemical reactions, intermolecular forces and properties of solids, liquids and gases are also explored. From there chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, energy, radiation, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry topics are studied. This course will give the student a solid foundation for further study into the sciences.

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