CHEM1340 Introduction to General Chemistry

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - Natural Sciences. This course is intended as a broad introduction to chemistry for the non-science major as well as for the allied health science major. Topics covered include the scientific method, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, acids and bases, nomenclature, equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, and oxidation and reduction. This course includes two hours of required lab per week. The laboratory introduces students to safe handling of chemicals, appropriate use of lab ware, and transcription of observations and data. Attendance in the first week lab safety session is mandatory.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Quantify measurements in the appropriate metric units as well as convert between the English and the metric system.
  • Identify and describe chemical and physical properties and changes.
  • Understand and use the Periodic Table to describe subatomic particles, predict types of bonding and ion formation, and to name compounds and molecules.
  • Represent molecular bonding in two and in three dimensions and predict molecular geometry.
  • Quantitatively and qualitatively describe chemical reactions and predict products of reactions.
  • Understand the submicroscopic differences in the three phases of matter and predict how that will affect macroscopic observations.
  • Apply appropriate laboratory ways and means including: recording, interpreting and reporting experimental observations as well as using laboratory equipment and chemicals safely.


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other