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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CH 200 - Chemistry I

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This is a general chemistry course for students in engineering and nursing degree programs. Students will design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data and relate experimental results to theoretical understandings of chemical phenomena. Specifically, students will more thoroughly understand such subjects as atomic structure, periodic properties, basic chemical calculations, nomenclature, intra- and intermolecular forces, kinetic molecular theory, properties of gases, and solutions. Not for credit for students who have credit for CH 103 , CH 200A , CH 200B  or CH 310 . (prereq: one year of high school chemistry with a grade of B or better.)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Plan and create structured experiments
  • Write proficiently in technical communications
  • In a laboratory experiment, identify potential procedural errors
  • Differentiate between precision and accuracy
  • Interpret data to isolate trends
  • Use the periodic table to determine electron configurations, trends in atomic radii, trends in ionic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity
  • Describe the formation and properties of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding, including Lewis dot structures
  • Predict Lewis dot structures, molecular geometry, and molecular polarity for molecules and polyatomic ions
  • Compare melting points, solubility and other physical properties for molecules using intermolecular forces
  • Apply the law of conservation of mass to solve stoichiometric problems, including limited reagent problems
  • Employ the gas laws, the kinetic theory of gases and gas stoichometry
  • Explain the energy considerations in material changes, both physical and chemical
  • Use solution chemistry, including molarity, dilutions, pH, acid-base properties

Prerequisites by Topic
  • One year high school chemistry

Course Topics
  • Classification and properties of matter, atomic structure, periodic relationships, etc.
  • Chemical bonding, Lewis dot structure, molecular geometry and dipole moments and intermolecular forces
  • Gases
  • Mass and enthalpy relationships in chemical reactions
  • Solutions, molarity, pH

Laboratory Topics
  • Physical and chemical changes
  • Density
  • Properties of solids (ionic, molecular, metallic)
  • Solution concentration and Beer’s law
  • Identification of a molecular unknown (intermolecular forces)
  • Determination of the atomic mass of aluminum (gas laws)
  • Determination of the enthalpy of a reaction
  • Molecular geometry and bonding
  • Stoichometry and limiting reactants

Dr. Anne Alexander

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