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Course Syllabus

Course: CHEM 1010

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

Semester Approved: Fall 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2024
End Semester: Summer 2025

Catalog Description: This course introduces individuals to a variety of chemistry-related knowledge and experience and is designed to give non-majors a glimpse at chemistry and how it relates to the world around them. 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. It gives the student a feeling for how scientists view problems and the systematic method by which they solve them. Discussion topics are chosen from physical, organic, and biological areas inside the chemistry field.

General Education Requirements: Physical Science (PS)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: MATH 0850 or equivalent

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 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:
Apply scientific reasoning in a variety of contexts. 

Use the concepts of physical science to solve daily problems. 

Understand how physical scientists think and form judgments about the physical world. 

Assess the credibility of scientific information. 

Recognize the manifestations of physical science in phenomena of the everyday world. 

Acquire the tools necessary for life-long learning in physical science. 

Identify something acquired in the course about which he/she has become passionate. 

Chemistry 1010 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 including the metric system, Atomic Theory, properties of the main group elements, chemical Bonds, chemical reactions, gases, liquids, and solids, solutions and colloids, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, and basic Organic chemistry. These concepts and principles are then applied to investigations into issues such as: energy alternatives and energy policies, recycling pros and cons, polymers and their place in society, the chemistry of life, nutrition, water and the environment, air and the environment, and evaluation of degrees of risk. Course content will be conveyed through reading of the text, lecture, homework and class discussion.

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

Tests: 40 to 75%

Quizzes: 5 to 25%

Homework: 5 to 35%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Baird AND Gloffke, Chemistry in Your Life, Current Edition, W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, NY

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

a similar text.

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Maximum Class Size: 48
Optimum Class Size: 24