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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 110
Course Title: Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Fundamental course in the principles of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations, chemical reactions, properties of gases, properties of solutions, and thermochemistry. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score of 21 or higher), CHEM/PHYS 108 (or high school chemistry course with a grade of C or higher).


Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score of 21 or higher), CHEM/PHYS 108 (or high school chemistry course with a grade of C or higher).

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

By J. McMurry and R. Fay (Prentice Hall)
Chemistry: The Central Science
By T. Brown, et. al. (Prentice Hall)
By J. Olsted and G. Williams (Wiley)
By R. Chang (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives

• To examine the process of scientific measurement and the properties of matter. • To describe the laws of chemical combination and reactions in solution. • To analyze and predict energy changes in chemical reactions. • To describe the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. • To examine properties of liquids and gases, and phase changes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

• Identify the elements by their symbols. • Perform unit conversions. • Differentiate between intensive and extensive properties and calculate common examples of each. • State and apply the laws of chemical combination. • Name and describe subatomic particles. • Describe the arrangement of the Periodic Table and describe periodic trends in the properties of elements. • Name compounds and polyatomic ions. • Differentiate between different types of chemical reactions and balance chemical equations, including redox equations. • Explain the mole concept and convert between grams and moles. • Calculate theoretical and percent yields for reactions. • Calculate concentration of solutions and convert between various units of concentrations. • Determine empirical formulas from mass composition and vice versa. • Write electron configurations for atoms. • Draw Lewis dot structures. • Use VSEPR theory to predict molecular geometrics. • Describe valence bond and molecular orbital theory. • Use Hess’s law to calculate enthalpies of reaction. • Explain the kinetic theory of gases and calculate properties of ideal gases. • Describe intermolecular interactions. • Construct and use phase diagrams. • Summarize the effect of temperature and pressure on solubility. • Define and calculate colligative properties of solutions.

Topical Outline:
  • Matter and measurement
  • Atoms, molecules and ions
  • Formulas, equations and moles
  • Reaction in aqueous solution
  • Periodicity and atomic structure
  • Ionic bonds and main-group chemistry
  • Covalent bonds and molecular structure
  • Thermochemistry
  • Gases
  • Liquids, solids and phase changes
  • Solutions and their properties
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Alan James Date: November 2, 2009
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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