General Chemistry I

Purpose of Course  showclose

This survey chemistry course is designed to introduce students to the world of chemistry.  Chemistry was born in ancient Egypt, when the principles of chemistry were first identified, studied, and applied in order to extract metal from ores, make alcoholic beverages, glaze pottery, turn fat into soap, and much more.  What began as a quest to build better weapons or create potions capable of ensuring everlasting life has since become the foundation of modern science.  Take a look around you: chemistry makes up almost everything you touch, see, and feel, from the shampoo you used this morning to the plastic container that holds your lunch.

In this course, we will study chemistry from the ground up, learning the basics of the atom and its behavior.  We will apply this knowledge to understand the chemical properties of matter and the changes and reactions that take place in all types of matter.

Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the general term “chemistry.”
  • Distinguish between the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  • Distinguish between mixtures and pure substances.
  • Describe the arrangement of the periodic table.
  • Perform mathematical operations involving significant figures.
  • Convert measurements into scientific notation.
  • Explain the law of conservation of mass, the law of definite composition, and the law of multiple proportions.
  • Summarize the essential points of Dalton’s atomic theory.
  • Define the term “atom.”
  • Describe electron configurations.
  • Draw Lewis structures for molecules.
  • Name ionic and covalent compounds using the rules for nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
  • Explain the relationship between enthalpy change and a reaction’s tendency to occur.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course you must:
√    Have access to a computer.
√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.
√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).
√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.
√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).
√    Be competent in the English language.
√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

Preliminary Information

  • Optional Mobile Apps

    Link: Quick Learning LLC’s Quick Periodic Table of the Elements (iOS App) or Socratica LLC’s Periodic Table (Android App)
    Instructions: Both of these free apps will be great references as you work through this course. In these apps, you can choose one of 4 different views of the periodic table to access information such as the atomic mass, atomic number, chemical and physical characteristics, electron configuration, and Lewis dot structure.
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

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