Charles F Jackels
B CHEM 142
Covers atomic nature of matter, stoichiometry, periodic table, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, and gas laws. Includes laboratory. First of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors. Prerequisite: placement into B CUSP 123 or minimum grade of 2.0 in B CHEM 139; recommended: high school chemistry.
BCHEM 142 General chemistry I (Charles F. Jackels) This course is the first of a three-quarter sequence in Chemistry intended for students majoring in the sciences or engineering. Covers atomic nature of matter, stoichiometry, periodic table, acids and bases, and gas laws. Includes laboratory. Group work in class includes active learning exercises.
Student learning goals
1. To develop an understanding of the atomic and molecular nature of matter and of the chemical reactions that describe their transformations.
2. To develop individual and collaborative quantitative skills necessary to solve chemical problems using the concepts of balanced chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and chemical equilibrium.
3. To gain an understanding of the properties of matter in the gas phase.
4. To gain an understanding of acids and bases and their reactivity in aqueous solutions.
5. To gain an understanding of the periodic table as an organizing concept of chemical properties.
6. To develop basic laboratory skills and understand common laboratory practices, procedures, and equipment., including safety issues.
General method of instruction
Lecture, active learning exercises, and group work in lecture class. Accompanying laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: Recommended: high school chemistry and placement into B CUSP 123 or higher.
Class assignments and grading
Reading and studying the text book. Working homework problem sets. Completing preparatory problems exercises for active learning exercises. Attending laboratory classes and completing assigned lab work.
Class participation, quizes on homework and class preparation, two mid-term exams, a final exam, and associated laboratory work.