Syllabus Overview for HCHEM-453-DL General Chemistry 1

Combined Lecture/Lab, 4 credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note:  The lab for this course is included; no additional registration is required.

Course Materials

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LAB KIT:  Your kit is delivered to your house. Many materials are the same as those used in onsite labs. You have 3-4 weeks to complete the labs. You have support from your instructor, lab TA and kit manufacturer. You write a report describing your findings and conclusions. You discuss your findings with peers and instructors.

Topics You Will Study

  • Matter and Measurements
  • Atoms, Molecules and Ions
  • Stoichiometry
  • Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
  • Thermochemistry
  • Electronic Structure of Atoms
  • Periodic Properties of the Elements
  • Basics of Chemical Bonding
  • Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories
  • Gases
  • Solids and Modern Materials

Labs You Will Complete

  • Introduction and safety
  • Data measurement
  • The scientific method
  • Molar mass
  • Acids and bases
  • Electron configuration
  • Chemical reactions 
  • Ideal gas law

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

Work is organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.
All activities are fully asynchronous—there are no required meeting times. Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Weekly discussions
  • Weekly homework
  • Lab experiments and reports
Most students dedicate 13-18 hours/week to the course.
We recommend planning several 1-2 hour study blocks throughout the week and checking into the course daily once the discussions begin.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.) D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, please review the D2L system recommendations.

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