Introduction to Chemistry

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Introduction to Chemistry Course Outline

What is the Scientific Method?

Concepts Covered:

  • How is the Scientific Method used in Chemistry?

How are things measured scientifically?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are units? What is the difference between metric and SI systems?
  • How do we measure accurately? What are significant figures?
  • What is dimensional analysis?
  • What is density?

What is energy? How is it measured?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is the difference between temperature and energy? How are temperature and energy measured?
  • What is heat? How does heat flow?
  • How is heat measured? How is nutritional energy determined?

What is matter?

Concepts Covered:

  • How is matter classified?
  • What are the different states of matter?

What are atoms? How are they structured?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are atoms? How are they structured?
  • What are isotopes?
  • What is the relationship between elements and the Periodic Table?

How are electrons arranged in atoms?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are energy levels, sublevels, and orbitals?
  • How can electron arrangements be represented visually?
  • What are periodic properties?

What is nuclear chemistry?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is radioactivity? How can radioactive elements be utilized?
  • What are nuclear reactions?

What are ions? How can ions be combined into ionic compounds?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is the Octet Rule? How do Lewis symbols visually represent elements?
  • What are ionic compounds?

What are covalent compounds? How is the shape and attractions determined for covalent compounds?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are the names and formulas of covalent compounds?
  • How can covalent bonds be represented with Lewis structures?
  • What defines molecular geometry?
  • What is polarity? What are attractive forces?

What are chemical reactions? How are chemical reactions represented and classified?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is a chemical reaction? What factors affect chemical reactions?
  • How are chemical equations balanced?
  • What are general types of reactions?
  • What makes Oxidation-Reduction reactions unique?

Who was Avogadro? What are units for quantifying atoms and compounds?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is a mole?
  • What is molar mass?
  • How are moles used in chemical formulas?

What is Stoichiometry? How are quantities calculated in chemical reactions?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are molar ratios?
  • What is the relationship between molar ratios and mass?
  • What the relationship between molar ratios and energy?
  • What is percent yield? What is a limiting reactant?

What is a gas? How do properties of gases relate to one another?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are the properties of a gas? How is it different from other states of matter?
  • How do we determine the effect on one property when one or more other properties change?
  • How can we compare all 4 properties to each other?
  • What is the molar/Stoichiometric relationship for gases?

What is a solution? What are its properties?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are solutions? What are electrolytes?
  • How do you classify solutions? What are osmosis and dialysis?
  • What is solubility? Why are some salts insoluble?
  • How to determine the concentration of a solution?
  • How can the concentration of a diluted solution be determined? How can you use molarity in stoichiometry?

What is chemical equilibrium? How is it achieved in chemical reactions?

Concepts Covered:

  • What is a reversible reaction? How is equilibrium affected during a reversible reaction?
  • What are equilibrium constants?
  • How do changing conditions affect equilibrium?

What are acids and bases? How do they react with other substances?

Concepts Covered:

  • What are acids and bases? How do acids and bases change in a reaction?
  • Which acids and bases are the strongest? How is that determined?
  • What is the pH scale? Why is it used to measure acidic/basic properties?
  • What kinds of chemical reactions occur when acids and bases are present?

About the book

Introduction to Chemistry 

This is the Introduction to Chemistry course developed by the Community College Consortium of Bioscience Credentials. Created by subject matter experts under the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, these courses can be used as-is or modified to meet your own learning objectives and teaching style.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Community College Consortium of Bioscience Credentials (c3bc)

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