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Introduction to Chemistry

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (COERC) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Chemistry (common course-id CHEM 101) , one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

General Course Description:

This course is a survey of basic chemistry topics.  This course is intended as preparation for major’s chemistry, allied health, and general education.

Minimum Units: 4 (1 unit of lab)


Beginning Algebra


Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Course Content:
  1. Matter – Atoms and Elements
  2. Nomenclature
  3. Measurement
  4. Chemical Bonds
  5. Chemical Reactions
  6. Stoichiometry
  7. Energy and States of Matter
  8. Gas Laws
  9. Aqueous Systems
  10. Solutions
  11. Acids, bases and salts

Laboratory Activities (if applicable):

Laboratory Activities: Laboratory activities will support the range of topics covered in lecture including chemical laboratory safety, qualitative and quantitative experiments. It is expected that this will be explicitly covered in the course outline of record.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Analyze the fundamental features of chemistry including measurement, mathematical conversion of measured physical properties such as mass, volume, density, pressure, temperature, solutions, concentrations and dilutions;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the qualitative features of chemistry including physical and chemical properties, naming and writing chemical formulas of compounds and evaluating chemical reactions;
  3. Differentiate typical acid and base formulas and compare/contrast the behavior associated with acids and bases;
  4. Analyze chemical reactions to quantitatively determine theoretical yield


Methods of Evaluation:

Lab work
Written papers and/or reports

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