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 Course Title:   Preparatory Chemistry

 Title Abbreviation:   PREPARATORY CHEMISTRY

 Department:    CHEM&

 Course #:    100

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Chemistry introduction for those who need background before CHEM& 121. Introduces chemical symbols and nomenclature, equations, states of mater, bonding, energy, and dimensional analysis.


Prerequisite: MATH 97 with a C or better (may be taken concurrently). Recommended that students complete ENGL 99 with a C or better prior to taking this course.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize and use chemical symbols for elements and compounds
  2. Balance simple chemical equations
  3. Solve unit-conversion and stoichiometry problems using dimensional analysis
  4. Express and manipulate numbers using scientific notation and significant figures
  5. Relate energy changes to chemical equations
  6. Describe the basic structure of atoms and ions and relate them to their location on the Periodic table, their charge, and the number of fundamental particles
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concept of chemical bonding
  8. Recognize and use inorganic nomenclature for ionic compounds
  9. Describe the states and properties of matter
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the mole and Avogadro's number

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Atomic symbols and nomenclature
  2. Balancing equations
  3. Unit conversions and stoichiometry
  4. Significant figures and scientific notation
  5. Atomic structure and periodicity
  6. Physical and chemical properties and states of matter
  7. Bonding