2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Clinic: 0 Credits: 3
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and reactions, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of chemistry as it applies to other fields. A recent high school or college Chemistry class or CHM 092  is advised.

This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a general education course in Natural Science.

Co-requisite(s): CHM 131A .
Course is typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Course has transfer restrictions - 20 years

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
At completion of the course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Apply dimensional analysis in converting units of measurement.
  2. Apply nomenclature system in naming ionic and molecular compounds.
  3. Use chemical element symbols to correctly combine elements to create the formulae and name ionic and molecular compounds.
  4. Characterize physical, chemical and nuclear changes of matter.
  5. Balance chemical equations.
  6. Use the mole concept for stoichiometric calculations.
  7. Explain parameters for solution formation.
  8. Calculate the energy transfer using caloric heat.
  9. Create Lewis structures for atoms, molecules, and ions.
  10. Predict the behavior of gases using the appropriate gas laws.
  11. Predict equilibrium positions of a reaction mixture using Lechatelier’s principal. 
  12. Explain the behavior and properties of common acids and bases.