CHEM& 161 General Chemistry I • 6 Cr.


First in a three-course chemistry sequence for science and engineering students. The 161/162/163 series covers atomic structure, stoichiometry, solutions, gas laws, periodic law, bonding, molecular orbital theory, colligative properties, radioactivity, thermochemistry, equilibrium, acids, bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, kinetics, and simple organic chemistry. Courses in the series take a quantitative approach, format includes lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141 or higher, or placement into MATH& 142 or higher. Also, CHEM& 140 with a C or better (or equivalent), or by chemistry placement exam.


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After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Develop problem-solving skills that are supported by algebraic and numeracy skills.
  • Use measurable quantities of matter to determine physical and chemical properties.
  • Describe the atom and understand the properties of the subatomic particles within the context of the Periodic Table.
  • Explain the relationship between the position of an element in the periodic table and its physical/chemical properties, including periodic trends.
  • Describe the differences in the structure and properties of substances based on different types and models of bonding.
  • Classify and balance chemical reactions and predict products for different types of reactions and use stoichiometric calculations to predict quantities.
  • Apply the properties of ionic and molecular substances in aqueous solution to describe systems and predict behavior.
  • Develop laboratory practices for conducting experiments and reporting experimental results within the context of the scientific method (including the proper application of significant figures, precision, and accuracy).