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CHEM& 121
Introduction to Chemistry


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Survey of inorganic chemistry for nursing and allied health sciences. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, gases, equilibrium, solution chemistry, acids, bases, buffers, and nuclear chemistry. Lab work required. Prerequisites: MATH 078E or instructor permission; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher; high school chemistry. Formerly CHEM 107, General Chemistry for Health Sciences.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Differentiate between major chemical categories, including: states of matter; metals vs. nonmetals; ionic compounds vs. covalent compounds; solutes vs. solvents.
  • Solve quantitative problems using discipline-specific tools, including: scientific units and metric conversion; stoichiometry and dimensional analysis; and solution concentration.
  • Solve qualitative problems using thermodynamics and kinetics; chemical equilibrium and pH; radioactive decay principles.
  • Sketch the atom in terms of the major subatomic particles, their location, masses and charges; explain the arrangement of the periodic table and periodic trends in terms of electron quantization.
  • Recognize simple examples of oxidation-reduction and metathesis reactions; describe the pH behavior of household solutions, buffers, and physiologic fluids.
  • Draw Lewis structures for simple molecules and polyatomic ions; predict the shape, polarity, and solubility of simple molecules on the basis of VSEPR and intermolecular forces.
  • Demonstrate the safe use of laboratory glassware, equipment and reagents in order to gather data; critique laboratory data in terms of precision, accuracy and explanatory power.

  • Course Topics
  • Matter, Energy and Measurement
  • Atoms, Molecules and Ions
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Gases, Liquids and Solids
  • Solutions and Colloids
  • Reaction Rates and Equilibrium
  • Acids, Bases and Buffers
  • Nuclear Chemistry

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    CHEM& 121
    Fall 2012
    1402
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 121
    Fall 2011
    0407
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 121
    Fall 2010
    0407
    Ruth Russo


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.