Textbook: Brown & LeMay, Chemisty the Central Science 9th Ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002

This course is comparable to the 8 credit freshman 100 and 101 (first and second semester) course at most colleges.
The only course requirement is completion of Algebra I and first year chemistry (either honors or regular). A more important requirement is the willingness work hard and fork regularly. Keeping up with the work is essential to success.

Unit A - Intro and Stoichiometry Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 24 (section 1)
  • Students should be able to
Chapter 1
  • identify the states of matter and understand how the nanoscopic properties causes the macroscopic properties
  • understand the relationships of and be able to distinguish between the terms; pure substance vs mixture, elements vs compounds, atoms vs molecules
  • identify and use the following terms as related to mixtures; heterogeneous, homogeneous, solutions
  • identify and understand the differences between chemical properties, chemical changes, physical properties, physical changes
  • recall and use the following terms appropriately as related to properties; extensive and intensive, quantitative and qualitative
  • perform metric conversions using the following metric prefixes; kilo−, deci−, centi−, milli−, micro−, nano−
  • identify important temperatures on the Kelvin and Celsius temperature scales; freezing (water), room, (human) body, and boiling (water) temperatures
  • identify volume as a derived unit and recall that 1 cm3 = 1 ml
  • define density and be able to use in calculations
  • compare and contrast accuracy and precision
  • recall and utilize the formulas for percent error and percent yield
  • understand the uncertainty in measurements and be able to identify significant figures as well as apply the rounding rules for calculations
  • use dimensional analysis as a method to solving
Chapter 2
  • recall a brief history of the Atomic Theory including scientists, their experiments, laws and theories, and their advancement to the overall theory
    • Dalton
    • Thomson
    • Millikan
    • Rutherford
  • recall and compare/contrast the properties of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
  • identify the three subatomic particles in and atom, their relative masses, charges and location within the atom
  • define electromagnetic forces and recall Coulombs Law
  • know the term isotope and be able to perform simple calculations with isotopic data
  • use mass number and atomic number to calculate the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons for different nuclides
  • understand that molecular weight or atomic mass is an average and and what it is an average of.
  • know the function of a mass spectrometer
  • understand what is periodic about the periodic table and know that vertical columns are groups or families, and horizontal rows are periods.
  • know the areas of metals and nonmetals on the periodic table.
  • be able to use the term diatomic and list the diatomic gases.
  • understand the information available using a chemical formula, structural formula, perspective drawing, ball & stick model, and space−filling model.
  • write formulas for ionic compounds (using the periodic table and having memorized the list of common polyatomic ions) and name an ionic compound from its formula.
  • name binary molecular compounds as well as acids.
  • name and write formulas for hydrated salts.
  • write formulas for simple alkanes, alkenes, alcohols.
Chapter 3
  • state the Law of Conservation of Mass.
  • balance chemical equations, understand why balancing is important, and correctly apply physical state symbols.
  • predict products for synthesis (aka combination), decomposition, and combustion reactions.
  • calculate molar masses (aka formula weights) and compute percent composition by mass
  • understand the concept of a mole and be able to recall Avogadro's Number
  • empirical and molecular formulas
  • stoichiometry - limiting reactants, percent yield
  • gravimetric analysis
  • molarity
  • complex ions
Unit D - Gas Laws Chapter 10 (sections 1−8)
Students should be able to
  • identify and utilize the four measurable properties of gases in calculations: volume, pressure, temperature, and mole
  • convert between different temperature units (Kelvin and Celsius) be able to convert between different pressure units (atm, mmHg, kPa)
  • recall and use the standard conditions as applied to calculations, STP
  • recall and utilize molar volume in calculations, 22.4 L/mole at STP
  • write the relationship between pressure and volume and be able to use in calculations (Boyle's Law)
  • write the relationship between volume and temperature and be able to use in calculations (Charles' Law)
  • write the relationship between pressure and temperature and be able to use in calculations (Gay−Lussac's Law)
  • recall and be able to use Avogadro's Law in calculations (the relationship of amount of gas, moles, to pressure and volume)
  • write and use the Combined gas law in calculations
  • write and use the Ideal Gas Law in calculations
  • recall and use Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures in calculations
  • state the dependence of the speed of gases on their molar masses, understand root mean square speed, and use Graham's Law of Diffusion in calculations
  • state the Kinetic Molecular Theory (KMT) as applied to gases
Unit B1 - Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry Chapter 4 and 13 (section 4)
Students should be able to

Unit B2 - Introduction to Electrochemistry including Electrolysis Chapter 20 (sections 1−4 and 7−9)
Students should be able to

  • Unit C - Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics Chapters 5, 13 (section 1), 19, and 20 (sections 5−6)
Students should be able to

Unit E - Kinetics & Nuclear Chapter 14 and 21 (sections 1−4)
Students should be able to

Unit F - General Equilibrium (Keq, Kc, and Kp) and Solubility Equilibrium (Ksp) Chapters 13 (section 2), 15, and 17 (sections 4-7)
Students should be able to

Unit G - Acid Base Equilibrium, Buffers, and Titration Curves Chapters 16 and 17 (sections 1-3)
Students should be able to

Unit H - Electronic Structure, Quantum Numbers, Periodicity, and Nuclear Chemistry Chapters 6 and 7
Students should be able to

Unit I - Chemical Bonding, Polarity, Geometry Chapter 8 and 9
Students should be able to
  • resonance
Unit J - Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids Chapter 10 (section 9), 11, 13 (sections 3, 5−6)
Students should be able to

Unit L - Organic (This material is interspersed throughout the entire year.) Chapter 25
Students should be able to