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General Chemistry

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to Chemistry
    • Scientific method and measurement
    • Units of measurement and dimensional analysis
  2. Atomic Structure and Periodicity
    • Atomic theory and the Bohr model
    • Quantum mechanics and electron configuration
    • Periodic table and periodic trends
  3. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
    • Ionic and covalent bonding
    • Lewis structures and formal charge
    • Molecular geometry and VSEPR theory
  4. Stoichiometry and Chemical Reactions
    • Balancing chemical equations
    • Mole concept and stoichiometric calculations
    • Limiting reactants and percent yield
  5. Thermochemistry
    • Energy, work, and heat
    • Enthalpy and calorimetry
    • Hess's law and enthalpies of reaction
  6. Kinetics and Reaction Rates
    • Rate laws and reaction orders
    • Collision theory and factors affecting reaction rates
    • Catalysis and reaction mechanisms
  7. Chemical Equilibrium
    • Equilibrium constant and expression
    • Le Chatelier's principle
    • Acid-base equilibrium and pH
  8. Acids, Bases, and Salts
    • Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis definitions
    • Acid-base reactions and titrations
    • Buffer solutions and pH calculations
  9. Electrochemistry
    • Redox reactions and balancing
    • Electrochemical cells and cell potential
    • Electrolysis and applications
Laboratory Component: The laboratory component of this course is designed to reinforce concepts learned in lectures and develop practical skills. Students will engage in hands-on experiments, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Laboratory safety protocols and proper handling of chemicals will be emphasized throughout the course.


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.