Nov 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook Archived Catalog

CHEM 1010 - Introduction to Chemistry

4 sem hrs cr

(3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)


This course provides an overview of basic chemical principles and applications. Specific topics include: measurements, interpretation of graphs, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding and molecular structure, and solutions. Prerequisite: Exemption from or completion of learning support competency courses.

In rare and unusual circumstances, a course prerequisite can be overridden with the permission of the Department Lead for the discipline. 

*Cannot be paired with CHEM 1110 or CHEM 1120 to meet the General Education science requirement. 

Transfer (UT) or Non-Transfer Course (UN): UT

Master Course Syllabus
Course Outcomes

After completing the requirements of CHEM 1010, students will be able to…

  • understand and be able to explain the general principles, laws, and theories of chemistry that are discussed throughout the semester.
  • use critical thinking and logic in the solution of problems.
  • apply learned chemistry skills to new situations.
  • apply chemical principles in the laboratory setting.
  • recognize the value of chemistry in our daily lives.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the activities that are part of the scientific method
  • Perform math calculations that involve positive and negative numbers, percentages, and solving equations
  • Use the numeric values of prefixes to write a metric equality
  • Use conversion factors to change from one unit to another
  • Classify examples of matter as pure substances or mixtures
  • Identify the states and the physical and chemical properties of matter
  • Calculate the energy released or absorbed as matter changes states between solids, liquids, and gases
  • Determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom given the mass number
  • Describe the energy levels, sublevels, and orbitals for the electrons in an atom
  • Use the electron configurations of elements to explain the trend in periodic properties
  • Describe alpha, beta, positron, and gamma radiation
  • Write the symbols for the simple ions of the representative elements
  • Use electronegativity to determine the polarity of a bond
  • Predict the three-dimensional structure of a molecule, and classify it as polar or nonpolar
  • Write a balanced chemical equation from the formulas of the reactants and products for a reaction
  • Given the chemical formula of a substance, calculate its molar mass
  • Use the ideal gas law equation to solve for pressure, volume, temperature or the number of moles of a gas when given three of the four values in the ideal gas law equation
  • Identify the solute and solvent in a solution
  • Calculate the concentration of a solute in a solution
  • Describe how temperature, concentration, and catalysts affect the rate of a reaction