2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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CHEM& 161 General Chem w/Lab I (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly CHEM 140 - CCN

Prerequisite CHEM& 139  with a grade of at least 1.5 or a year of High School chemistry and MATH& 141  with a grade of at least 1.5 (or may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission.

Course Description
The first quarter of a three quarter sequence in general chemistry for science and engineering majors. The course covers measurements, significant figures, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of atomic structure, stoichiometry, reactions, gas laws, thermochemistry, and an introduction to solutions. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1.Use conversion factors as a tool for manipulating units.
2.Generate conversion factors from available information.
3.Recognize patterns in problem solving and develop a procedure to describe the process.
4.Perform calculations and determine whether the answer is reasonable.
5.Use chemical vocabulary appropriately.
6.Distinguish between ionic and covalent compounds.
7.Name chemical compounds including acids.
8.Write chemical formulas from names.
9.Write and balance chemical equations.
10.Describe how the principles of solubility are used in identifying ions in solutions.
11.Calculate concentrations of solutions including molarity, molality, percent, and ppm and perform interconversions between units.
12.Prepare solutions of appropriate concentrations using solid and stock solutions.
13.Write molecular and net ionic equations.
14.Predict the products of precipitation and acid/base reactions.
15.Predict chemical formulas using ionic charges and empirical formulas.
16.Perform stoichiometric calculations including limiting reactant, percent yield and solution stoichiometry.
17.Use the kinetic molecular theory to describe gaseous behavior and the gas laws.
18.Apply the gas laws in calculations.
19.Explain the limitations of the ideal gas and the usefulness of van der Waal’s equation.
20.Recognize when a reaction is exothermic or endothermic with respect to enthalpy and the direction of heat flow.
21.Recognize and describe the difference between a state function and a non-state function.
22.Perform calculations based on Hess’s law.
23.Measure heat of reactions.
24.Design and perform experiments.
25.Demonstrate the appropriate use of standard laboratory equipment.
26.Practice standard laboratory safety precautions.
27.Use chemical reference materials appropriately.
28.Use computers to gather and analyze data.
29.Communicate the results of laboratory work.

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