Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog
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CHEM& 121 - Introduction to Chemistry

Credits: 5
Beginning course for the non-science student interested in chemistry with less mathematical rigor than CHEM& 140 . Together with CHEM& 131 , it satisfies the chemistry requirement for many students in the allied health sciences and related fields.

Enrollment Requirement: MATH 72  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or in a one-year high school algebra course; or eligible for MATH 97  or equivalent placement. 

Satisfies Requirement: Natural Science or Lab Science
Course Fee: $27.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Utilize various forms of scientific measurement in calculations including scientific notation, the metric system of units, dimensional analysis for unit conversions, and significant figures.
  2. Evaluate atomic structure and the relationship to the periodic table of elements.
  3. Describe the types of radiation and apply it to nuclear reactions.  
  4. Evaluate models of chemical bonding and the relationship to the periodic table of elements and to the chemical and physical properties of compounds associated with different types of bonding.
  5. Name and predict formulas for simple ionic and covalent compounds.
  6. Relate observable macroscopic properties and changes among solid, liquid, and gaseous states of matter to underlying microscopic principles.
  7. Perform simple stoichiometric calculations utilizing mole ratios and molar masses. 
  8. Describe how heat is involved in chemical and physical changes.
  9. Describe the relationship of pressure, volume, temperature, and moles in a gaseous sample.
  10. Relates observable macroscopic properties of solutions and calculate concentrations of solutions.
  11. Describe the concepts of equilibrium and reaction rates. 
  12. Describe the concepts of acidity, basicity and pH.
  13. Utilize laboratory techniques to collect and accurately record experimental data. 
  14. Practice safe laboratory procedures, such as identifying and managing laboratory hazards and using appropriate personal protective equipment.
  15. Use appropriate scientific concepts to analyze data and draw conclusions.

Program Outcomes
  1. Use appropriate symbolic reasoning or quantitative methods to evaluate problems, make decisions and formulate solutions.
  2. Effectively use laboratory tools and/or equipment to collect data, analyze it and draw reasonable scientific conclusions.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.

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