Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 131 - Principles of Chemistry I


First of two related courses (with CHEM 132 ). Includes concepts of atomic structure, periodic system, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, weight relationships, kinetic molecular theory, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, chemical reactions, and thermochemistry. PREREQUISITE(S): Either appropriate score on the chemistry placement test, or a grade of C or better in CHEM 099  within the past two years, or consent of department. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A ,MATH 117  or higher, READ 120 . Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, three hours laboratory each week. Formerly CH 101.

4 semester hours

May not be taken concurrently withMATH 017  or MATH 020  or MATH 045  without appropriate Math assessment score.

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:


  • Use dimensional analysis as a technique for solving problems and report the answer with the appropriate number of significant figures.
  • Perform mole and stoichiometry calculations.
  • Analyze and solve various problems that include a combination of concepts.
  • Predict the quantitative and qualitative behavior of gases, liquids, solids and solutions.
  • Determine solution concentrations and calculate the amounts of materials involved in solution reactions.
  • Calculate the magnitude and direction of heat flow for physical and chemical changes.
  • Name and write symbols for elements, ions, and compounds.
  • Write balanced molecular, ionic, and net ionic equations and predict the products of various types of reactions.
  • Identify chemical and physical properties.
  • Describe the major components of the atom and their location in the atom.
  • Use the Periodic table to predict relative properties of elements and formulas of compounds, formula masses, electron configuration, and periodic trends.
  • Predict the types of intramolecular forces within a substance and intermolecular forces between substances and in solution.
  • Use types of chemical bonding and Lewis dot structures to predict the geometry, polarity, and properties of compounds.
  • Describe the chemical bonding between atoms on the basis of atomic structure.
  • Locate safety equipment, demonstrate proper waste disposal and work safely with peers in the laboratory.
  • Successfully use chemistry laboratory techniques such as filtration, collection of gases, precipitation, weighing, and titration.
  • Explain and interpret results after making observations, collecting data, doing calculations and applying chemical principles.

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