2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly CHEM 101 - CCN

Prerequisite CHEM& 100  with a grade of at least 1.5, high school chemistry or instructor’s permission. Must be eligible for MATH 098 .

Course Description
An introduction to general chemistry for health professionals or as chemical background for further studies in chemistry. Topics covered include unit conversions, atomic structures, periodic properties, chemical bonds, basic stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry and oxidation/reduction. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1. Use conversion factors as a tool for manipulating units.
2. Generate conversion factors from available information.
3. Perform calculations and determine whether the answer is reasonable.
4. Use basic chemical vocabulary appropriately such as atom, molecule, chemical property, and density.
5. Relate chemical and physical properties and electron configuration to the position of an element/atom on the periodic table.
6. Distinguish between ionic and covalent compounds.
7. Name chemical compounds.
8. Write formulas of compounds from their names.
9. Write and balance chemical equations.
10.Predict chemical formulas using ionic charges and empirical formulas.
11.Perform stoichiometric calculations using mol/mol and mol/gram relationships.
12.Describe and explain gaseous behavior.
13.Describe s and p atomic orbitals and draw the shapes.
14.Describe the states of matter and the factors that affect the transitions between one state and another.
15.Explain how intermolecular forces affect the physical properties of matter.
16.Write chemical equations for reactions which occur in aqueous solutions.
17.Identify oxidation-reduction reactions.
18.Perform calculations related to the preparation of solutions involving molarity, gram-percent and dilution.
19.Complete and balance neutralization reactions.
20.Identify acids and bases.
21.Demonstrate an understanding of pH by relating it to hydrogen ion concentration and hydroxide ion concentration.
22.Describe and explain the formation and function of a buffer system.
23.Describe and explain the factors that affect the rate of reaction.
24.Describe the relationship between energy changes and chemical processes.
25.Describe equilibrium and relate it to Le Chatelier and the size of the equilibrium constant.
26.Describe and carry out simple experiments.
27.Use standard laboratory equipment appropriately.
28.Practice standard laboratory safety precautions.
29.Use chemical reference material appropriately.
30.Communicate the results of laboratory work, including calculations and graphs.

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