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This course will cover fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, property gasses, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1411 will be performed. Introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports will be emphasized. Prerequisite: TSI complete in Reading and completion of MATH 1414 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.
Important Lab Rules:
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Complete this form and turn in to instructor
I have carefully read the chemistry laboratory safety module. I have given my answers to the accompanying safety quiz and given the completed quiz to the laboratory instructor an indication of my familiarity with the module. Whenever I am in an area where laboratory reagents are being used, I agree to abide by the following rules:
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|Week #||Topics||Activities||Assignments & Exams|
|1||Ch. 1: Classification of Matter, Significant Figures, Rounding Off, Scientific Notation, Units of Measure, Dimensional Analysis||Lecture & Lab Safety||Quiz #1|
|2||Ch. 1 & 2: Density, Temperature, Molecules and Ions, the Periodic Table, Writing Formulas of Compounds||L/P/E||Quiz #2|
|3||Ch. 2: Naming Compounds, Isotopes, Dalton's Atomic Theory, Early Experiments to Characterize the Atom, Modern Atomic Theory||L/P/E||Quiz #3|
|4||Ch. 7: History of the Periodic Table, The Aufbau Principle, Electronic configurations, Orbital shapes||L/P/E||Exam #1|
|5||Ch. 7: Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom, Quantum Numbers, Electron Spin, Periodic Trends||L/P/E||Quiz #4|
|6||Ch.3: The Mole Concept, Molar Mass, Percentage Composition, Empirical & Molecular Formulas||L/P/E||Quiz #5|
|7||Ch.3: Chemical Reactions, Balancing Chemical Equations, Mass – Mass Calculations||L/P/E||Quiz #6|
|8||Ch. 3: Mass – Mass Calculations, Identifying Limiting Reactant, Percent Yield Calculations||L/P/E||Quiz #7 & Exam #2|
|9||Ch. 4: Properties of Aqueous Solutions, Composition of Solutions||L/P/E||Quiz #8|
|10||Ch. 4: Types of Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry of Reactions in Solution||L/P/E||Quiz #9|
|11||Ch. 5: Pressure, The Gas Laws of Boyle, Charles, Avogadro, & Gay-Lussac||L/P/E||Quiz #10|
|12||Ch. 6: Thermochemistry, Energy, Work, 1st Law of Thermodynamics||L/P/E||Quiz #11|
|13||Ch. 6: Heats of formation, Law of Hess||L/P/E||Exam #3|
|14||Ch. 8:, Types of Chemical Bonds, Lewis Dot Structures||L/P/E||Quiz #12|
|15||Ch. 8 & 9: Hybridization, Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion, Molecular Orbital Models||L/P/E||Quiz #13|
|16||Chapters 1 – 9||Final Exam|
Adapted from the Textbook: Chemistry by: Steven S. Zumdahl and Susan A. Zumdahl
Zumdahl, S. S., & Zumdahl, S. A. (2014). Chemistry. Belmont, Calif: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.
and the open educational resource from the OpenStax Chemistry 2e textbook
available for free download at https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-2e.