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Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 101 (GN) Introductory Chemistry (2-3) Selected principles and applications of chemistry. Prior study of chemistry is not assumed. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 101 or CHEM 110.

CHEM 101 Introductory Chemistry (2-3)

CHEM 101 is an introductory chemistry course designed to prepare students for college level chemistry courses, such as CHEM 110 or CHEM 202. Prior study of chemistry is not assumed, so the course introduces the vocabulary along with some basic principles of chemical problem solving.

The course covers the following topics: matter and measurement, molecules and molecular compounds, ions and ionic compounds, chemical reaction types, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular weights, the mole, simple quantitative calculations with chemical reactions, the periodic table, nomenclature, electronic structure of atoms, simple periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, and properties of various states of matter, acids and bases, and the basics of chemical equilibrium.

There are 2 and 3 credit versions of this course offered at different locations. The 3-credit version usually involves a laboratory component.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: MATH 021 ; or satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination-- i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 021

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.