CHEM& 110: Chemical Concepts

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Natural Science with Lab

Development of fundamental chemical principles and laboratory techniques applied to important sustainability concerns such as pollution, climate change and energy resourcing in an increasingly populated planet. While intended for non-science students and not a prerequisite per se, Chemical Concepts benefits students of limited chemistry background seeking STEM degrees. Includes laboratory.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Introduction to chemistry definitions, risk assessment, and Chemistry atomic theory applied to Air.
    Lab: Check into lab; Gas Burner (or week 3); Particle in a Box.
  2. Principles of atomic structure, matter and energy interactions, and an introduction to the periodic table.
    Lab: Atmospheric Gases I; Modern Alchemy.
  3. Chemistry principles of bonding and the octet rule/the noble gas electronic configuration. Lewis bonding theory applied to the atmosphere.
    Lab: Model Building Lab I or Gas Burner (term dependent)
  4. Chemistry principles of writing chemical formulas and reactions
    Lab: Model Building Lab I
  5. Chemistry principles of atomic theory and matter interaction with electromagnetic energy applied to the greenhouse effect and ozone Layer.
    Lab: Vitamin-C; and Recovery of Scrap Aluminum.
  6. Chemical Reactivity and chemistry principles of acids and bases
    Lab: Recovery of Scrap Aluminum (continued)
  7. Chemistry principles of water solubility, acids and bases, and electrolytes applied to acid rain.
    Lab: Water Hardness
  8. Water use and the chemistry of water explored
    Lab: Measurement of Chloride in River Water
  9. Chemistry principles of energy use, alternative energy sources, and oxidation-reduction reactions.
    Lab: Radioactivity or No Lab
  10. Chemistry principles of isotopes, radioactivity, and nuclear reactions applied to nuclear fission.
    Lab: Radioactivity and/or Check out of lab