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Principles of Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1151)

Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 4.00
Lab Credits: 1.00

Description: This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed to give students a broad introduction to the field of chemistry. This course will cover a general introduction to the scientific method, basic stoichiometry, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure and bonding, gas laws, solution chemistry, and environmental topics. The required on-campus laboratory meets three hours per week. The laboratory experiments illustrate concepts covered in the lecture material, emphasize experimental techniques, and use computer-assisted data acquisition and manipulation. The lecture/theory portion of the course is offered on campus in the classroom and also as a Web course during some terms (check the term schedule).

Topical Outline:

1. Measurement and problem solving strategies
2. Atomic/molecular theory and chemical reactions
3. Properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions
4. Thermochemistry
5. Chemical bonding and molecular geometry
6. Intermolecular forces

Learning Outcomes:
1. Use measurements, significant figures and dimensional analysis to solve calculation based problems
2. Compare and contrast atomic theories and how they relate to chemical periodicity and the periodic table
3. Balance chemical equations and use them to predict limiting reactants, products and theoretical yields
4. Qualitatively compare and contrast the states of matter and utilize their specific mathematical relationships in problem solving situations
5. Utilize thermodynamic principles to determine heat production and flow in chemical processes
6. Determine Lewis structures, molecular structures, intermolecular forces and how they affect the chemical and physical properties of solids, liquids, gases and solutions 


Placement score into MATH 1110 or completion of MATH 0080 or MATH 0088. It is strongly recommended to have had either CHEM 1020 or one full year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.

MnTC: Goal 3