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CHM 145 - General Chemistry I

This course builds on the student’s prior knowledge*, emphasizing the basic laws and theories of general chemistry.  Presents the qualitative and quantitative aspects of matter’s composition and changes and their unifying principles. Includes physical and chemical properties, periodicity of elements, stoichiometry, current atomic and bonding theories, laws and theories of physical states and changes of state, solution chemistry, and thermochemistry.


*This course is designed for students who already have chemistry and math knowledge equivalent to Elementary Algebra and Trigonometry and Preparatory Chemistry.  Student with knowledge gaps should pass the corresponding math or chemistry course before enrolling in CHM 145.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisite:  Adequate chemistry knowledge can be demonstrated by a minimum grade of C in Preparatory Chemistry or evidence of equivalent background knowledge.  Adequate math knowledge can be demonstrated by a minimum grade of C in Elementary Algebra and Trigonometry or evidence of equivalent background knowledge.

Co-requisites: None


Credits: 4
3 Class Hours and 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including:
    ​a)  an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling and
    b)  the application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
  2. Use dimensional analysis to solve a variety of chemistry problems, especially mole relationships.
  3. Recall and use the language of chemistry with regard to nomenclature, equation writing and stoichiometry.
  4. Recall and apply elemental properties in the context of atomic structure, electron configuration, and in the formation of compounds.
  5. Recall and use select chemistry laws and theories related to gasses, thermochemistry, atomic structure, and bonding.
  6. Recall and apply principles of chemical compound structure with respect to bonding, molecular geometry, polarity, and intermolecular relationships.
  7. Recall and apply the principles of physical changes, such as phase changes, as well as chemical changes including oxidation-reduction reactions, combustion reactions, gas evolving reactions, and acid-base neutralization reactions.