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CHM 101W - Introductory Chemistry

Credits: 5
Provides fundamental principles, including atomic theory, periodic properties, states of matter, laws of chemistry combination, nomenclature, and chemical phenomena of interest to daily living. Provides preparation to CHM 111  for those students with no previous work in chemistry and to satisfy a science requirement in certain curricula.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 3 or MTH 099  with a grade of "C" or better.
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 75 Lab Hours: 30
Meets MTA Requirement: Natural Science Lab
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the particulate nature of matter.
    1. Identify the discrete particles in a sample (elements, compounds, and mixtures)
    2. Differentiate between metallic, ionic, and covalent bonding
    3. Draw or build or describe models of atoms showing nuclear structure
    4. Draw or build or describe models of atoms and ions showing electronic structure
    5. Apply VSEPR theory to determine the shapes of molecules (linear through tetrahedral)
    6. Draw or build or describe Lewis Structure models to convey arrangements of atoms and valence electrons in molecules
    7. Differentiate between atoms, ions, isotopes, molecules, and network solids
    8. Apply naming conventions to write names and formulas for compounds. (ionic, binary covalent compounds, acids, and simple hydrocarbons)
  2. Explain the properties and behaviors of matter as related to.
    1. Physical States
    2. Phase Changes
    3. Attractive Forces between particles
    4. Bonding within a sample of matter (metallic, ionic, covalent, network)
    5. Polarity of molecules
    6. Physical Properties (density, surface tension, vapor pressure, melting/boiling point, viscosity, conductivity)
    7. Solutions (solubility, dissociation, ionization, pH)
    8. Kinetic Molecular Theory
    9. Physical Equilibrium
    10. Emission Spectra
    11. Nuclear decay and the concept of half-life
    12. Electron arrangements
  3. Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactions.
    1. Recognize and use reaction patterns (Replacement Reactions, Synthesis/Combination, Decomposition, Acid/Base(Arrhenius definition), Combustion) to predict products.
    2. Differentiate between endothermic and exothermic reactions
    3. Construct balanced chemical equations
    4. Explain the significance of a Limiting Reactant
    5. Identify or explain factors that influence reaction rates
  4. Explain observations or draw conclusions using quantitative information.
    1. Use scientific notation and significant digits.
    2. Use the metric system and perform unit conversions
    3. Solve quantitative problems involving:
      1. Gas Laws (Ideal, Combined, Dalton's)
      2. Stoichiometry (Mass, Gas Volume, Energy, Solution Concentration)
      3. Mole calculations (Empirical Formulas/Molecular Formulas/Percent composition)
      4. Solution concentration (Molarity, %, ppm)
      5. Specific heat and heats of vaporization/fusion (heating and cooling curves)
      6. Density
      7. Nuclear half-life
  5. Demonstrate laboratory skills.
    1. Use appropriate safety protocols
    2. Use technology associated with a science laboratory
    3. Choose proper equipment for a specific task
    4. Perform measurements with appropriate devices
    5. Record data or observations
    6. Analyze data or results of an experiment
    7. Use evidence to form conclusions
    8. Make decisions using the scientific method 

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