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2023-2024 General Catalog 
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CHM 112 - Introduction to Chemistry

Course Department: Science
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2020

4 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is a study of the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include measurements, atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, aqueous systems, gas laws, chemical reactions, equilibria, acids, bases, salts, and nuclear chemistry. A course such as this may be part of the requirements in certain health professions (nursing, dental and physical therapy), home economics, mortuary science, agriculture, forestry, and other related programs. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in any/all types of careers. This course will also help students gain scientific literacy which will be of vital significance when making important life decisions. This course is not equivalent to CHM-165 General Chemistry I. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Material Fee/IAM: $90.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to describe the composition of matter from a particulate perspective
  2. Students will be able to interpret data from experiments to make decisions.
  3. Students will be able to apply chemical principles to make informed decisions on matters related to chemistry in the public arena.

Unit Objectives:

Unit 1: Demonstrate a working knowledge of measurement using both the metric and English systems.

Unit 2: Describe the composition and structure of atoms

Unit 3: Differentiate between the various types of chemical compounds and bonds

Unit 4: Relate numbers of particles and mass through the concepts of formula ratios and the mole

Unit 5: Write and interpret chemical equations which describe chemical changes

Unit 6: Distinguish properties associated with the various physical states of matter

Unit 7: Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of solutions

Unit 8: Demonstrate a working knowledge of acid-base chemistry

Unit 9: Demonstrate a working knowledge of nuclear chemistry

Unit 10: Demonstrate scientific process skills in a laboratory.

Unit 11: Develop laboratory techniques and interpret chemical concepts mathematically from experimentation.


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