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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.
|Week #||Topic||Activities||Assignments & Exams|
|Week 1||Ch. 1 & 2: Classification of Matter, Dalton's Atomic Theory, Early Experiments to
Characterize the atom, modern Atomic Theory,
An Introduction to the Periodic Table, Isotopes
|Week 2||Ch. 2 & 7: Molecules and Ions, Writing Names and Formulas of compounds||L/P/E||Quiz #2 & Quiz #3|
|Week 3||Ch. 7: Quantum Mechanical Model of the atom, Quantum Numbers,
Orbital shapes, Electron spin, Pauli's Principle
|L/P/E||Quiz #4 & Quiz #5|
|Week 4||Ch. 7: History of the Periodic Table, The Aufbau Principle,
Electronic configurations, Periodic Trends
|L/P/E||Quiz #6 & Test #1|
|Week 5||Ch. 1: Units of Measurement, Significant Figures and Calculations,
Scientific Notation, Rounding off, Dimensional Analysis, Using the Calculator
|Week 6||Ch. 1 & 3: Density, Temperature, The Mole Concept, Molar Mass,
Percentage Composition, Empirical & Molecular Formulas
|L/P/E||Quiz #8 & Quiz #9|
|Week 7||Ch.3: Chemical Reactions, Balancing Chemical Equations,
Mass – Mass Calculations
|Week 8||Ch. 3: Mass – Mass Calculations, Identifying Limiting Reactant,
Percent Yield Calculations
|L/P/E||Quiz #11 & Test #2|
|Week 9||Ch. 4: Properties of Aqueous Solutions, Composition of Solutions||L/P/E||Quiz #12|
|Week 10||Ch. 4: Types of Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry of Reactions in Solution||L/P/E||Quiz #13|
|Week 11||Ch. 5: Pressure, The Gas Laws of Boyle, Charles, Avogadro, & Gay-Lussac||L/P/E||Quiz #14|
|Week 12||Ch. 6: Thermochemistry, Energy, Work, 1st Law of Thermodynamics||L/P/E||Quiz #15 & Test #3|
|Week 13||Ch. 6: Heats of formation, Law of Hess||L/P/E||Quiz #16|
|Week 14||Ch. 8: Types of Chemical Bonds, Lewis Dot Structures||L/P/E||Quiz #17|
|Week 15||Ch. 8 & 9: Hybridization, Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion,
Molecular Orbital Models
|L/P/E||Quiz #18 & Test #4|
|Week 16||Chapters 1 – 9||Final Exam|
Important Lab Rules:
The laboratory rules are different for every professor. Please make sure to check your syllabus and/or professor for correct lab rules.
The Laboratory Report:
The laboratory reports are different for every professor. Please make sure to check your syllabus and/or professor for correct report grading criteria.
Below is a general outline for the laboratory report.
Lab report cover page:
General Format for lab report:
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:
Circle the subject: Chem1411: General Chemistry I
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Student Signature Date
All students in this course will demonstrate complete integrity at all times.
Both 'taking' and 'giving' assistance during an examination or quiz constitutes academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, multiple submissions, fabrication, collusion, or complicity will not be tolerated in the course.
Copying quizzes, exams, lab reports, or any other class assignment will result in zero points and the instructor will report the case to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and academic dean.
The student is expected to read and understand the college policy on academic honesty. Detailed information regarding South Texas College’s expectations for student behavior is presented in the online Student Handbook.
Textbook: Chemistry by: Steven S. Zumdahl and Susan A. Zumdahl
Zumdahl, S. S., & Zumdahl, S. A. (2014). Chemistry. Belmont, Calif: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.
Open educational resources
OpenStax Chemistry 2e textbook - available for free download at https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-2e.
Saylor Academy Open Textbook - General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications