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Fall 2018

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CHE101 - General Chemistry 1
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces the fundamental principles of chemistry including: atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, gases and thermochemistry. Recommended for students pursuing careers in science, engineering, health and/or technology fields. A solid math/algebra background is expected. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisites: CHE 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher or Regents Chemistry with a Regents exam score 75 or higher or MAT 102 or higher. The math requirements may be taken concurrently with CHE 101. (Note: MAT 108 MAT 129, MAT 116 and MAT 117 are not accepted as math prerequisites.)

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons for atoms or ions based on the nuclear symbol and describe the basic properties of these subatomic components.
2. Relate ionization energy data to the electron shell concept and electron transitions to emission/absorption spectra, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
3. Relate quantum numbers to position and energy of electrons, orbital names and electron configurations.
4. Determine common ions formed based upon electron configuration and the chemical formula for ionic compounds.
5. For molecular compounds, determine Lewis Formulas (and utilize formal charge and resonance structures), geometry and molecular polarity. Describe bonding by providing atomic orbital overlap.
6. Perform calculations for chemical equations involving solids, solutions and gases.
7. Describe how to make solutions of specific molarity, starting with a solid and by diluting an existing solution.
8. Apply PV = nRT and relate those results to the molecular level view.
9. Explain the principles and perform the calculations involved in a coffee cup calorimeter. Determine enthalpy changes for chemical reactions by applying Hess’s Law, using enthalpy of formation values and using bond enthalpy data.
10. Apply data, concepts and models related to the content areas of this course.*
11. Explore natural phenomena through observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1. Atoms and Molecules
2. Chemical Periodicity
3. Quantum Theory
4. Ionic Compounds
5. Molecular Compounds – Lewis Formulas, Geometry and Molecular Orbitals
6. Chemical Reactions – Types and Stoichiometry
7. Gases
8. Thermochemistry




Effective Term: Spring 2018