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General Chemistry I

3 Credits | 100 Level | 45 Contact hours


Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change by Silberberg, 8th edition, 2018.


This course is designed for first-semester general chemistry students whose academic plans require advanced study in chemistry. Fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter, intermolecular forces, solutions, and thermochemistry will be covered.

The Laboratory Course: concurrent enrollment in General Chemistry Laboratory I is required with General Chemistry I except by prior department approval. These are co-requisites, if one course is dropped, the other must be dropped as well, no matter the level of success in that course.


Chapter 1: Definitions, Units
Chapter 2: Components of Matter
Chapter 3: Stoichiometry of Formulas and Equations
General Chemistry Laboratory I Lab session 1
Chapter 4: Three Major Classes of Chemical Reactions
General Chemistry Laboratory I Lab session 2
Chapter 5: Gases and Kinetic-Molecular Theory
General Chemistry Laboratory I Lab session 3
Chapter 6: Thermochemistry
General Chemistry Laboratory I Lab session 4
Chapter 8: Electron Configuration and Chemical Periodicity
Chapter 9: Models of Chemical Bonding
General Chemistry Laboratory I Lab session 5
Chapter 10: The Shapes of Molecules
Chapter 11: Theories of Covalent Bonding


Every student may achieve by the completion of the course:
• Appraise and assess how chemistry applies to everyday phenomena.
• Identify salts, acids, and bases from their molecular formulas, and describe the relationship between the structure of a molecule and its chemical and physical properties.
• Identify the subatomic particles of an atom, their charges and relatives masses.
• Balance chemical equations and compute stoichiometric relationships including limiting reagents, molarity, titrations, dilutions and thermochemical equations.
• Use the ideal gas law to calculate pressure, volume, and temperature relationships.
• Predict periodic trends in atomic and ionic size, ionization potential and electronegativity.
• Draw Lewis structures for p-block molecules and their three-dimensional representation.


Three Exams (100 pts each) 45%
Final Exam (200 pts) 30%
Homework 15%
Attendace/participation 10%
Total 100%
Attendance is mandatory to obtain the credits.

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