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2017-2018 Catalog Year
CHEM-121: General Chemistry I

General Information

  • Name: General Chemistry I
  • Discipline: Chemistry
  • Units (Credits): 4
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: MATH 126 with a grade of C or higher or appropriate score on the WNC placement or equivalent test.
  • Recommended Prerequisites: Recommended prerequisites for student who intend to enroll in CHEM 122: MATH 126 & MATH 127 or MATH 128

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Provides fundamentals of chemistry including reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, states of matter and thermochemistry. Three hours lecture/three hours laboratory.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of CHEM 121, General Chemistry I, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Describe, identify and balance the six (6) general types of chemical, as well as college freshman level reduction-oxidation, reactions (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the chemistry and function of aqueous solutions of acids and bases (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role thermochemistry plays in forming molecules in the solid, liquid and gaseous states (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role the periodic table plays in chemistry (GE #1);
  • Draw conclusions with basic calculations of and from general chemistry laboratory experiences (GESLO #1, #4).

III. Topics

All students will have a basic (first semester of a two semester laboratory-based course) knowledge of the principles of Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Atomic structure, Chemical bonding, Molecular structure, States of matter, Aqueous solutions, Acid-base chemistry, Redox reactions, Thermochemistry; and Have practiced the laboratory methods needed to observe and measure the above.

Scheduled CHEM-121 classes:

Fall 2017