General Chemistry I

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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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  • 9/22/14 by preshisqt
    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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  • 9/10/14 by blkpwdrsadie
    Excellent course.. Definitely prepares you for the next step in your career choice.
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    It was straightforward.
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    It was straightforward.
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  • 8/27/14 by kungvankijk
    Terrible, the quiz and final exams are prepare way differently
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  • 8/27/14 by kungvankijk
    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 like studying at my own pace.
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    I liked finishing it!
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  • 6/20/12 by mcborg
    I liked getting together with my bestie and tutor to study
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    I liked that it was self paced
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    I liked that it was self paced because I needed this class done fast!
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  • 3/4/12 by jrfriedler
    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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  • 11/29/11 by jeanaphilippe
    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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    I liked working independently.
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  • 12/21/10 by zak98
    The course outline was crucial for exam preparation.
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  • 11/1/10 by mcborg
    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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  • 10/7/10 by ASLAE
    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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  • 9/13/10 by TYESCRAZYGIRL
    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

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze Dalton's atomic theory with respect to the structure of the atom.
  • Describe the states of matter, their properties, and the effect of chemical measurements on chemical calculations.
  • Solve chemical problems relating to various aspects of stoichiometry, such as the mole, molecular formulas, and chemical equations.
  • Describe the process of phase change and the properties of liquids and solids.
  • Summarize the applications of various gas laws and the Kinetic-Molecular theory.
  • Summarize factors affecting solubility and the colligative properties of liquids.
  • Review the various types of chemical reactions.
  • Analyze quantum theory with respect to the structure of the atom.
  • Explore the organization of the periodic table with respect to atomic properties.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of the main group elements.
  • Relate the properties of the transition elements to the formation of coordination compounds.
  • Analyze the various theories of chemical bonding.
  • Apply various theories to depict molecular shape.
  • Apply the various laws of thermodynamics to define enthalpy and calculate standard heats of reactions.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of entropy, free energy, and work.
  • Explore reaction mechanisms and the factors affecting the rate of a reaction.
  • Express chemical equilibria with the help of the reaction quotient and the equilibrium constant.
  • Analyze the various properties of acids and bases in water and the pH scale.
  • Review the various aspects of acid-base equilibria.
  • Detail the applications of ionic equilibria in buffer systems and titration curves.
  • Distinguish between the different types of organic molecules.
  • Analyze the concept of radioactive decay and its role in the application of radioisotopes.

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1

Chemistry: The Science of Change

  • Review the states of matter, their properties, and the effect of chemical measurements on chemical calculations.

2

Atoms and the Periodic Table

  • Analyze Dalton's atomic theory with respect to the structure of the atom.

3

Quantum Theory and the Electronic Structure of Atoms

  • Analyze quantum theory with respect to the structure of the atom.

4

Periodic Trends of the Elements

  • Explore the organization of the periodic table with respect to atomic properties.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of the main group elements.

5

Ionic and Covalent Compounds

  • Analyze the various theories of chemical bonding.

6

Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories

  • Apply various theories to depict molecular shape.

7

Chemical Reactions

  • Explore the various types of chemical reactions. Solve chemical problems relating to various aspects of stoichiometry, such as the mole, molecular formulas, and chemical equations.
  • Review reaction mechanisms and the factors affecting the rate of a reaction.

8

Chemical Reactions in Aqueous Solutions

  • Explore the various properties of acids and bases in water and the pH scale.

9

Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

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

10

Gases

  • Summarize the applications of various gas laws and the Kinetic-Molecular theory.

11

Intermolecular Forces and the Physical Properties of Liquids and Solids

  • Analyze the process of phase change and the properties of liquids and solids.

12

Physical Properties of Solutions

  • Summarize factors affecting solubility and the colligative properties of liquids.

13

Chemical Equilibrium

  • Express chemical equilibria with the help of the reaction quotient and the equilibrium constant.

14

Acids and Bases

  • Review the various aspects of acid-base equilibria.

15

Acid-Base Equilibria and Solubility Equilibria

  • Detail the applications of ionic equilibria in buffer systems and titration curves.

16

Entropy, Free Energy, and Equilibrium

  • Distinguish between the concepts of entropy, free energy, and work.

17

Nuclear Chemistry

  • Analyze the concept of radioactive decay and its role in the application of radioisotopes.

18

Coordination Chemistry

  • Explore the properties of the transition elements to the formation of coordination compounds.

19

Organic Chemistry

  • Distinguish between the different types of organic molecules.

20

Review

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

There are no prerequisites to take General Chemistry.

Required Textbook: This course has assigned reading.

Title: Chemistry: Atoms First eTextbook

ISBN: 9781259208416

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The atoms first approach provides a consistent and logical method for teaching general chemistry. This approach starts with the fundamental building block of matter, the atom, and uses it as the stepping stone to understanding more complex chemistry topics. Once mastery of the nature of atoms and electrons is achieved, the formation and properties of compounds are developed. Only after the study of matter and the atom will students have sufficient background to fully engage in topics such as stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Thus, the Atoms First method empowers instructors to present the most complete and compelling story of general chemistry.

Julia Burdge is renowned for setting chemistry in interesting, relevant context; and for her engaging, conversational writing style--presenting chemistry in a way students can appreciate and understand; while satisfying instructors' requirements for rigor, accuracy, and comprehensive coverage. Jason Overby teaches general chemistry using an atoms-first approach, bringing a unique perspective and years of experience to the development of this new project. Far from a simple re-ordering of topics, this is a book that will truly meet the needs of the growing atoms-first market. Together, these authors have developed a product with the same appeal, modern and descriptive artwork, sound problem-solving approach, and wide range of end-of-chapter problems that customers have come to expect from Burdge.

This textbook will offer the same engaging writing style, modern and descriptive artwork, sound problem-solving approach and wide range of end-of-chapter problems that customers are accustomed to with the Burdge product. Jason Overby’s involvement with this project was crucial as he has been teaching with this approach for over four years which allowed Julia and Jason to create a product that fits the need for this growing market.

  • Burdge, Julia. Overby, Jason. Chemistry: Atoms First, 1st edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-07-351116-0

For the serious student it is also recommended to purchase and utilize the Burdge and Overby Atom's First companion workbook

  • Burdge, Julia. Overby, Jason. Problem-Solving Workbook with Selected Solutions for Chemistry: Atoms First, 1st edition. McGraw-Hill, 2012, ISBN: 0077385764/9780077385767

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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


You are required to take an online proctored final exam in order to be eligible for transfer credit. You can take your proctored final exam at home or anywhere you have access to a webcam with a microphone and a reliable, high-speed internet connection. For additional questions, please refer to the FAQ on Online Proctoring or contact your student advisors at 877-787-8375.

Updated in 2013 with a new text and materials!


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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