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Course Syllabus

Course: CHEM 1110

Division: Natural Science and Math
Department: Chemistry
Title: Elementary Chemistry

Semester Approved: Summer 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2022
End Semester: Summer 2023

Catalog Description: This course introduces individuals to a variety of chemistry-related knowledge and experience. As a general education course, it relates chemistry to the real world experience and gives the student an opportunity to investigate chemical principles in their life. The course serves as a prerequisite to programs related to allied health such as nursing, economics, biology, natural resources, and others. The course also serves as a preparatory course for general chemistry. Some topics in the course are atomic structure, chemical calculations, energy and matter, gas laws, nuclear chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry.

General Education Requirements: Physical Science (PS)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 4; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: MATH 0850 or above

Corequisites: CHEM 1115 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory

Justification: This is an equivalent course offered by Chemistry departments at most institutions in the state and will transfer to all of them. This course fulfills requirements for programs and majors in health sciences, forestry, agriculture, etc. as required by major departments. This course also fulfills part of the Physical Science General Education Option.For the natural sciences, science is the systematic inquiry into natural phenomena organizing and condensing those observations into testable models and hypotheses, theories or laws. The success and credibility of science is anchored in the willingness of scientists to: 1) expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by other scientists which requires the complete and open exchange of data, procedures, and materials; 2) abandon or modify accepted conclusions when confronted with more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Adherence to these principles provides a mechanism for self-correction that is the foundation of the credibility of science. (Adapted from a statement by the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society which was endorsed by the Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1999.)

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Students will develop an understanding of the natural world by focusing on the chemical processes and compounds associated with atoms and molecules, atomic structure and chemical reactions through lecture, assignments, and reading of the text. Exploration of the evidence and application of chemical phenomena in the natural world will be covered through the text, lecture and class discussions. Students will be exposed to this material through the text, lecture and in word problems on assignments and tests.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students will be required to combine lecture, reading and online information to master concepts in General Chemistry. Connections are made through the material in the text, lecture, homework and exams to real-world applications and problems related to the course content. Students will be able to interpret graphs and charts as well as distinguish between various chemical symbols, numerical constants and relationships in General Chemistry and convey information in numbers, graphs, tables and charts in a clear and concise manner. Students will be evaluated through written responses in quizzes, tests and homework.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Students will demonstrate reasoning ability by assessing quantitative problems in chemistry dealing with unit conversion and stoichiometry as well as understanding how to make proper analytical measurements using appropriate tools for the quantity measured. They will draw conclusions based on the course content and apply critical problem-solving skills. These outcomes will be evaluated using quizzes, homework and tests.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply scientific reasoning by solving problems in general chemistry involving application of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions chemistry including acid-base chemistry, and equilibrium. Students will know basic organic functional groups, organic nomenclature and basic reactions involving alkanes, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and aromatics. Students will gain an appreciation for usefulness of critical thinking and problem-solving techniques. Their performance will be evaluated through written responses in quizzes, tests and homework. 

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws and solution chemistry to solve problems dealing with the application of these principles in the real world. Students will be evaluated through written responses to word problems, essay questions or conceptual questions on these topics in quizzes, tests and homework. 

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws and solution chemistry to form judgments about the physical world. Students will be evaluated through problems as part of lecture, homework and exams. 

Students will demonstrate the ability to assess the credibility of scientific information. Class discussions and lecture highlight real-world applications of topics taught in this course and relate to currently debated topics. These discussions highlight the need for credible information and what constitutes a credible source and the application of the scientific method. Their performance will be assessed through readings and assignments associated with the scientific method that address credibility of scientific information. 

Physical science encompasses the governing principles of the physical world. As part of this course students examine the underlying principles of reactions from electrostatic forces and bonding to properties and interactions such as phase changes, colligative properties and combustion. Students will demonstrate the ability to connect these and other principles of Chemistry with everyday occurrences. Their performance will be assessed with real-world problems both in class, on homework and exams. 

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of Chemistry including unit conversions, dimensional analysis in situations that they are likely to encounter beyond the duration of this course and in other areas of physical science. These could include applications to their future careers (e.g., dose calculations in nursing, pesticide application in range science or agriculture, etc.). Life-long learning in science is facilitated by the scientific method, which is applied in forming and verifying hypotheses and understanding how others have used the scientific method to enhance our understanding of the physical world. Their performance will be evaluated through homework, quizzes and exams. 

Students will be required to identify a topic in this course for which they are passionate through a written assignment in either a homework assignment, or as a question on one of the exams. 

Chemistry 1110 is an introduction to General Chemistry and an introduction to Organic Chemistry. Through lecture and discussion, the following major topics are covered: Matter and Measurement, Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonds, Chemical Reactions, Gases, Liquids, and Solids, Solutions and Colloids, Reaction Rates and Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (alkanes), Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatics. Course content will be conveyed through reading of the text, lecture, homework and class discussion.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be assessed on a regular basis through in-class quizzes and tests. Homework will be assigned on a regular basis to give students the opportunity to check their own progress. Percentages are approximate:

Tests 40 - 75 % 

Quizzes 5 - 20 % 

Homework 5 - 35 % 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Bettelheim & March, General, Organic, and Biochemistry, current edition, Thomson Publishing, Philadelphia, Pa.

Timberlake, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, current edition, Pearson Publishing, Boston, Ma.

Baxter, Introduction to Chemistry, current edition, CK-12 Foundation,

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 48
Optimum Class Size: 24