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Lassen Community College Course Outline
CHEM-1A General Chemistry I
5.0 Units
Catalog Description
This course introduces atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases,
matter and energy, oxidation-reduction, chemical equations, liquids and solids, solutions,
chemical energetics and equilibrium. The first semester of a one-year course in chemistry
intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics,
pre-medicine), mathematics, and engineering.
Prerequisite(s): One year of high school chemistry,Chemistry 45 or the equivalent.
MATH 60 Intermediate Algebra
Upon entering the course, the student should be able to:
1. Solve mathematical problems using algebraic equations, significant
figures and units correctly
2. Solve unit conversion problems, including metric systems and metric to
English, and density problems.
3. Convert between the three temperature scales Celsius, Kelvin and
4. Perform calculations involving molarity and percent concentrations for
5. Describe basic atomic structure using simple quantum theory, and Bohr
6. Define ionic and covalent bonds and give properties of each.
7. Accurately measure liquid volumes using analytical volumetric glassware
such as graduated cylinders, burets, and volumetric pipets.
8. Measure temperature
9. Weigh chemicals to 0.001 grams using a top-loading balance
Transfers to both UC/CSU
CSU GE Area: B1
51 Hours Lecture, 102 Hours Lab
Scheduled: Fall
Coding Information
Repeatability: Not Repeatable, Take 1 Time
Grading Option: Graded or Pass/No Pass
Credit Type: Credit - Degree Applicable
TOP Code: 190500
Course Objectives
A. Course Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the language, laws, theories and processes
that are essential to the understanding of the structure of matter and how the
structure determines its physical and chemical properties.
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B. Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the structure of the atom and the characteristics of the particles which
make up the atom.
2. Use the periodic table to determine the structure of atoms of any element and of
its isotopes.
3. Use the periodic table to determine the electronic configuration of any atom or
4. Describe and discuss ionic bonding.
5. Describe and discuss covalent bonding.
6. Draw Lewis structures and apply VSEPR to determine shape and predict the
polarity of molecules.
7. Apply valence bond theory and molecular orbital theory to covalently bonded
8. Write and balance chemical equations and interpret their meaning.
9. Use stoichiometry in determining amounts of reactants and products and in
limiting reactant calculations.
10. Describe and discuss the states of matter and their characteristics in terms of
kinetic molecular theory.
11. Understand and predict the results of energy changes on various types of matter.
12. Draw qualitative and quantitative conclusions about the effect of various changes
in conditions on samples of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions.
13. Employ standard laboratory techniques appropriate to the course content.
Course Content
A. Introduction to Chemistry
1. Nomenclature
2. Atomic Structure
B. Stoichiometry
C. Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
D. Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table
E. Chemical Bonding
F. Molecular Structure
G. Chemical Reactions
H. Ionic Reactions
I. Gas Laws
J. States of Matter
K. Solutions
Laboratory Content
A. Determination of the Volume of a Drop of Water
B. Spectrophotometric Determination of Copper
C. The Law of Multiple Proportions
D. Synthesis of a Sulfide of Copper
E. Precipitation Reactions
F. Preparation and Standardization of Aqueous Sodium Hydroxide
G. Chloride Determination by the Mohr Method
H. Charles’ Law
I. Boyles’ Law
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Volumetric Determination of Vanadium
Graham’s Law
Determination of the Colorimeter Constant of a Coffee Cup Calorimeter
Coffee Cup Calorimeter Determination of the Enthalpy Change of a Chemical
N. Ice Calorimeter Determination of the Enthalpy Change of a Chemical Reaction
A. Appropriate Readings
Standard college level texts, and articles and papers from the chemical literature.
B. Writing Assignments
Essay examinations, laboratory reports.
C. Expected Outside Assignments
Problem solving by application of chemical principles and computation.
Preparation of laboratory reports. Reading assigned materials.
D. Specific Assignments that Demonstrate Critical Thinking
The course emphasizes observation, synthesis of data to arrive at generalizations.
Laboratory exercise, reports and essay examinations require these skills.
VI. Methods of Evaluation
1. Mixed format examinations.
2. Laboratory participation.
3. Laboratory reports.
VII. Methods of Delivery
Check those delivery methods for which, this course has been separately approved by the
Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee
Traditional Classroom Delivery Correspondence Delivery
Interactive Television Delivery
Online Delivery
Laboratory manipulation
Experimental design
VIII. Representative Texts and Supplies
Masterton & Hurley, "Chemistry, Principles, & Reactions", 7th edition, 2011, Cengage.,
ISBN 9781111427108
Slowinski, Emil; Wayne Wosely, Robert Rossi “Chemical Principles in the Laboratory:,
10th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 9780840048349
Discipline/s Assignment
Course Status
Current Status: Active
Original Approval Date: 5/15/1990
Revised By: Dr. Dan Anderson
Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee Revision Date: 11/05/2014
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