CHEM& 161: General Chemistry I

Class Program
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Natural Science with Lab

A study of the states of matter; foundational atomic, ionic, and molecular structure; mass/mole relationships & stoichiometry; quantification of solution concentration, thermochemistry, fundamental chemical reactions, quantization of electronic distribution and periodicity. Mainly for science majors, engineers and other students requiring one or more years of college chemistry. Laboratory included.

Grading Basis

One year of High School Chemistry or CHEM& 121 and MATH& 141 or equivalent or appropriate math.

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Introduction to atoms, molecules and ions; measurement, significant figures and unit conversions, classification and properties of substances.
    Lab: Check in and Density of Liquids and Solids I
  2. Atomic, ionic, and molecular structure, chemical formulas, nomenclature, balancing equations.
    Lab: Density of Liquids and Solids II
  3. Moles & molar mass, molarity, % composition, and empirical formula.
    Lab: Determination of a Chemical Formula
  4. Balancing equations, stoichiometry, limiting reagents and theoretical yields, fundamental chemical reactions.
    Lab: Identification of a Compound Using Mass Relationships.
  5. Chemical reactions in solutions.
    Lab: Copper to Copper
  6. Gas laws and calculations involving gas laws.
    Lab: Determination of the Barometric Pressure-Charles’ Law.
  7. Kinetic molecular theory, Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Hess’ Law.
    Lab: Analysis of an Unknown Chloride.
  8. Specific heat, enthalpy, measurement of heat flow, calorimetry.
    Lab: Heat Effects and Calorimetry.
  9. Atomic Structure, electronic structure, Quantum theory.
    Lab: Spectrum of Hydrogen
  10. Periodicity, orbital diagrams, electron configurations, periodic trends
    Lab: Check out.