SRJC Course Outlines

12/9/2023 5:58:37 PMCHEM 1B Course Outline as of Spring 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CHEM 1BTitle:  GENERAL CHEMISTRY  
Full Title:  General Chemistry
Last Reviewed:5/13/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total122.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A continuation of Chemistry 1A.  Topics include Chemical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium, Nuclear Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Coordination Compounds and Bonding, and Selected Topics in Descriptive Chemistry.

Chemistry 1A or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Second semester of a one year program of general chemistry.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Chemistry 1A or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2020
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2020
 CID Descriptor: CHEM 120S General Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A SRJC Equivalent Course(s): CHEM1A AND CHEM1B OR CHEM4A AND CHEM4B OR CHEM3A AND CHEM3AL AND CHEM3B

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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After successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1.  Identify factors that affect the rate of a chemical reaction, and measure those rates experimentally in order to determine a rate law for that reaction.
2.  Describe phenomena related to nuclear chemistry and radioactivity and perform associated calculations.
3.  Use bonding theories such as molecular orbital theory and hybridization to explain the bonding in transition metal complexes.
4.  Apply the principles of electrochemistry in the construction of galvanic and electrolytic cells.
5.  Apply the laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions and chemical equilibrium.
6.  Describe specific behavior of various categories of elements on the periodic table.

Topics and Scope
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Lecture Material
1. Chemical Kinetics
2. Nuclear Chemistry and Radioactivity
3. Advanced topics in chemical bonding including transition metal
4. Thermodynamics and Chemical Equilibrium
5. Electrochemistry
6. Descriptive Chemistry
7. Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Laboratory Material
1. Titration
2. Chemical Kinetics
3. Chemical Synthesis
4. Electrochemistry
5. UV-visible spectroscopy
6. The use of computer interfaces for the collection of laboratory data
7. The use of spreadsheets for computation in the laboratory

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1.  Specific reading and study assignments from the lecture textbook (averaging 10-30 pages per week)
2.  Completion of recommended end-of-chapter problems (averaging 15-20 per week)
3.  Laboratory experiments and accompanying reports
4.  Midterm Exams, Quizzes, Final Exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Written homework, Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 45%
Homework problems, Lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 15%
Class performances, Lab skill techniques/accuracy of lab results
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, Completion, Problem solving & short essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Attendance, assignments submitted on time, improvement demonstrated on final exam

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Chemistry: The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Bursten; Prentice Hall
Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change by Silberberg,
McGraw Hill, 2006
Principles of Modern Chemistry by Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb, Brooks/Cole,
Chemistry by Zumdahl, Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Chemical Principles by Zumdahl, Houghton Mifflin, 2005
Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity by Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, Brooks/Cole
Lab Manuals
Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry: The Central Science, by Nelson and
Kemp, Prentice Hall, Current edition
Experiments in General Chemistry by Greco, Rickard, Weiss, Prentice Hall, Current edition

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