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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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CH 200A - Chemistry I

4 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 basic chemical calculations, nomenclature, atomic structure, intra- and intermolecular forces, kinetic molecular theory, properties of gases, and solutions. Not for credit for students who have credit for CH 100, CH 103 , CH 310 , CH 200  or CH 200B . This course is designed for students who did not take chemistry in high school or need a refresher course because they took a chemistry class more than five years ago. (prereq: the course is for students without a background in chemistry)
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
  • State potential procedural errors, differentiating between precision and accuracy, after conducting a laboratory experiment
  • Interpret data and isolate trends
  • Write chemical names based on chemical formula and vice versa
  • Write chemical reaction equations
  • Explain their understanding of the periodic table including, electron configurations, trends in atomic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity
  • Describe and illustrate the formation and properties of ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding, including Lewis dot structures
  • Describe and illustrate molecules using molecular geometry
  • Explain the difference between intramolecular and intermolecular forces
  • Explain the law of conservation of mass and solve stoichiometric problems, including limited reagent and percent yield
  • State the gas laws including the kinetic theory of gases and solve gas law stoichiometry
  • Understand the energy considerations in material changes, both physical and chemical/endothermic vs. exothermic
  • Understand colligative properties of solution including solubility of gases
  • Understand solution chemistry, including molarity, dilutions, pH, acid-base properties

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Nomenclature (naming compounds)
  • Dimensional analysis and stoichiometry
  • Mass relationships and chemical reactions
  • Solutions, molarity, pH and solubility of gases
  • Classification and properties of matter, atomic structure, periodic relationships, etc.
  • Chemical bonding, Lewis dot structure, molecular geometry, dipole moments and polarity
  • Properties of gasses
  • Heat of reaction-endothermic and exothermic reactions

Laboratory Topics
  • Determination of percent recovery of metal
  • Determination of chemical formula of hydrates
  • Determination of unknown compound via physical properties
  • Gases- Charles’ law
  • Determination of the atomic mass of aluminum
  • Determination of the heat of reaction
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Determination of composition of a mixture

Dr. Anne Alexander

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