Introductory Chemistry – chm109 (3 credits)

This course will examine the basic principles of chemistry conceptually and specifically. The course will apply chemical concepts to address relevant issues ranging from atomic structure and chemical reactions to organic and biological chemistry. The course topics include matter and energy, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear, organic, and biological chemistry. Students will apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry

  • Identify modern uses of radioactivity and radioisotopes.
  • Describe the half-life of radioactive compounds.
  • Compare radioactive-decay particles.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Describe the fundamentals of organic chemistry.

  • Describe the fundamentals of biological chemistry.

Phases of Matter and Intermolecular Forces

  • Identify the intermolecular forces acting between molecules.
  • Explain the behavior and properties of gases, liquids, and solids.

Solutions and Chemical Equilibrium

  • Calculate mass percent, molarity, and molality.
  • Calculate freezing-point and boiling-point elevations.
  • Identify the relationships between reaction rates and chemical equilibrium.

Bases and Electron Transfer

  • Compare the properties of acids and bases.
  • Write balanced equations for neutralization reactions.
  • Describe the transfer of electrons in oxidation–reduction reactions.

Atoms and Molecules

  • Describe the periodic nature and properties of atoms and elements.
  • Describe the patterns of relative atomic size and atomic mass in the periodic table.
  • Write the names and formulas for compounds.
  • Calculate the formula mass of a molecule.

Fundamentals of Chemistry

  • Explain the steps in the scientific method.
  • Convert units from one standard to another standard.
  • Describe the laws of conservation of mass and energy.

Chemical Reactions

  • Identify reactants and products in a chemical reaction.
  • Write balanced equations and net ionic equations for chemical reactions.

  • Perform mole-to-mole and mass-to-mass conversions.

Chemical Bonding and Chemical Structures

  • Determine the valence electron number of an atom.
  • Determine the shapes of chemical compounds.
  • Differentiate between ionic and covalent bonds.

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