CHM 103 – General Chemistry I

Course Outline 

Course Number & Name:  CHM 103 General Chemistry I

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  6.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in MTH 092, ENG 096 and RDG 096 or ESL 105/106, and CHM 100 or high school chemistry

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This is a transfer course in chemistry for chemistry, biology, pre-med, and engineering students.  Principles and concepts of stoichiometry, thermochemistry, ionic and molecular equilibria, and kinetics are covered.  Also included is a brief introduction to organic nomenclature.  Emphasis is on problem solving.  Laboratory work is coordinated with lectures and numerous problem-solving sessions.

General Education Goals: CHM 103 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:   Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. use mathematical skills proficiently to rearrange equations, determine significant figures, compute and round off numbers, and implement scientific notation
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of chemistry, which are part of the general education required for many professionals;
  3. utilize critical thinking techniques to reason, listen, follow directions, make observations, and draw conclusions;
  4. convert word problems to the appropriate mathematical language and solve them quantitatively;
  5. apply proficient laboratory skills; and
  6. demonstrate knowledge of more advanced concepts of chemistry including stoichiometry, chemical bonding, the kinetic molecular theory, and solutions.
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