CHEM 1020 - General Chemistry I
This course engages students with concepts of atomic and chemical structure, bonding and structure, chemical periodicity, solutions, thermochemistry, and solid and liquid state properties.
Instructional Method Lecture and Lab
General Education Requirement: Physical Science
Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.
CHEM 1000 Introductory Chemistry, or one year of high school chemistry, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus Algebra, or placement into a higher level math course.
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I , the student will:
- Differentiate between atoms, ions, and molecules through use of atomic theory.
- Explain, both quantitatively and conceptually, how the existence of atoms supports the conservation of matter.
- Develop quantitative relationships for a substance using appropriate means, especially the mole concept, molar mass, Molarity, the Ideal Gas Law and density.
- Predict atomic electronic structure and how it relates to bonding, periodic trends and element characterization.
- Differentiate nonpolar covalent, polar covalent and ionic chemical bonds especially as they are related to molecular shape and intermolecular forces.
- Predict how particulate-level structure affects the macroscopic properties of a substance.
- Construct structural representations, especially but not only Lewis structures, of chemical species.
Upon completion of CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I, the student will:
PO 4. Make accurate and precise scientific measurements.
Additional degree programs require this course as a program requirement, program elective, or general education science requirement. Program outcomes will vary.
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