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General Chemistry 1

College Science Prerequisites, Course Description, and Textbooks

General Chemistry (CHEM 101) – Prerequisites

High School Diploma or equivalent.

General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 101) – Course Description

General Chemistry 1 is a 4-unit, intensive, immersion-learning course that requires four weekends to complete. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 6:30pm, which includes 2 face-to-face lecture sessions and 2 face-to-face laboratory sessions.

In this weekend General Chemistry 1 course, students become conversant with the scientific vernacular, chemical symbols, and notation. The nature of atoms and molecules in predating the properties and behavior of more complex systems will be considered. Students will manipulate mathematical equations in order to appreciate the quantitative nature of atomic interactions. States of matter will be categorized. The Periodic Table of the Elements will be studied to illustrate chemical periodicity and bonding. The gas laws will be introduced in order to understand statistical handling of large populations of atoms and molecules. The laws of thermodynamics will be introduced, including the concepts of enthalpy and entropy.

ISP does not require students to complete any preliminary ‘introduction to Chemistry’ classes prior to enrollment in our General Chemistry 1 course. However, a review of basic algebra is highly recommended before starting the course.

Additional Unit: If a student needs to earn 5 semester units for CHEM 101 instead of 4 to meet pre-requisite requirements of a given academic program he or she seek to gain admission into, he or she may sign up for an ISP Capstone taken concurrently with this Course. The ISP Capstone is a 1-Unit, instructor-supervised, independent, 45hr research project, which fosters opportunity for empirically based study that enhances, deepens, and further integrates knowledge of an ISP Courses key concept. Students interested in the ISP Capstone pleas click here

General Chemistry 1 – Textbook

Lecture – Tro, Nivaldo J. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd edition). Boston, MA: Pearson Education; 2012.
(ISBN-10: 0-321-80924-6)

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