General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I



General Chemistry I

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General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I familiarizes you the basic principles of chemistry. This course begins with an analysis of matter and its components, stoichiometry, and intermolecular force and phase changes. Properties of liquids, solids, and gasses are also explored in our online General Chemistry I course. This foundation is used to examine solubility, colligative properties of solutions, chemical reactions, quantum theory and atomic structure, and chemical periodicity. Other topics you will learn include main group and transition elements.

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After completing this course students 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.

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.

Describe the occurrence and cycling of the elements in nature along with their uses.

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

There are no prerequisites to take General Chemistry I.

Burdge, Julia. Chemistry. 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2023, ISBN 9781264085774.

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Midterm Exam



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Graded Exam 4



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