Fundamentals of Chemistry
This course is a conceptual based, 'real life' application, chemistry lab science course. The course provides an introduction to basic chemical principles including classifications of matter and characteristic properties, atomic and molecular theories, chemical symbolism and nomenclature, periodic table analysis, bonding models, thermodynamics, acid/base concepts, solutions, oxidation/reduction and fundamental organic chemistry, as well as the application of general mathematical principles to chemical systems.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Summarize the processes and ideas involved in the study of scientific principles and making measurements.
- Classify materials using basic chemical classification schemes.
- Utilize chemical symbolism to represent chemical elements, compounds and related information.
- Illustrate the characteristics of solutions, colloids and suspensions.
- Distinguish between chemical, physical and nuclear properties and changes of matter.
- Explore heat and temperature in relationship to chemical and physical changes.
- Solve a variety of chemical problems using mathematical methods.
- Interpret the development and resultant models of atomic and electronic structure to describe atoms, ions and molecules.
- Utilize fundamental relationships for characteristics of elements based on the organization of the periodic table.
- Contrast the types of chemical bonding.
- Employ Lewis Electron Structures to determine three-dimensional shapes of molecules.
- Utilize the rules of chemical nomenclature for naming chemical species.
- Differentiate between various types of chemical changes.
- Apply the mole concept to problems relating to composition, chemical changes and solutions.
- Utilize bond type, structure and polarity of ions and molecules to determine forces of attraction and their connection to physical characteristics of matter.
- Predict the behavior of gases utilizing the premises of the Kinetic Molecular Theory of gases.
- Apply the concepts of acids and bases to a variety of systems.
- Apply the concepts of oxidation-reduction chemistry to various chemical systems.
- Differentiate between various types of organic compounds and materials.
- Apply a working knowledge of laboratory safety, including proper use of safety equipment (e.g. protective eyewear) and safe work habits.
- Utilize laboratory equipment in the performance of laboratory experiments.
- Organize laboratory data, calculations, and analyses in an accurate and detailed fashion.
- Execute appropriate chemical disposal procedures.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.