CHEM-141: Principles of General and Inorganic Chemistry I

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Physical Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Principles of General and Inorganic Chemistry I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
107.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
107.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-131 eligible AND (College preparatory-level high school chemistry with an average grade of B or better OR CHEM-111 with grade of C or better) AND (eligible to take a gateway MATH course at HFC OR a satisfactory score on the Math placement exam).
Catalog Course Description

Includes the study of atomic structure, stoichiometry, molarity, enthalpy, chemical periodicity, bonding and structure, reactions and equations, and properties of gases. This course is for students majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, pharmacy, or other pre-professional programs. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This course is designed to prepare students for further courses in chemistry or to satisfy the requirement for a first semester course in chemistry for other fields of science. In addition to acquainting the student with the basic principles of chemistry, the course objective for CHEM 141 is to assist the student in developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Core Course Topics
  1. The classification of matter: phases, mixtures, compounds, and elements
  2. Measurements: metric system, significant figures
  3. Dimensional analysis: unit conversions, problem solving, percentages
  4. Basic atomic theory: atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, and ions
  5. Periodic table: symbols, names, periods, groups, atomic weights
  6. Nomenclature: naming compounds and writing formulas
  7. Chemical equations: balancing; molecular, ionic, and oxidation-reduction
  8. Mole conversions: Avogadro’s number, molecular weights
  9. Stoichiometry: including limiting reactant
  10. Empirical formulas: from per cent composition and experimental data
  11. Solutions: molarity, dilutions, solution stoichiometry, titrations
  12. Gases: gas laws, gas stoichiometry, kinetic molecular theory, real gases
  13. Thermochemistry: calorimetry, Hess’ Law, enthalpies of formation, First Law of thermodynamics, heat and work, (optional: warming/cooling curves)
  14. Electromagnetic radiation: wavelength, frequency, photon energies, photoelectric effect
  15. Atomic Hydrogen: Bohr theory, wavefunctions, quantum numbers
  16. Electron configurations: ground state atoms and ions
  17. Periodic properties: atomic size, ionization energies, electron affinities, electronegativity
  18. Chemical bonding: ionic, covalent, orbital overlap, bond lengths, bond energies
  19. Lewis Dot Diagrams: resonance, molecular shapes and polarities
  20. Valence Bond Theory: hybridization, double and triple bonds
  21. Safety and related environmental concerns in the chemistry laboratory
  22. (Molecular Orbital Theory: optional)
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Write and balance chemical equations, including molecular, ionic, and redox
  2. Name chemicals from formulas
  3. Write formulas from names of chemicals
  4. Distinguish among elements, compounds, and mixtures
  5. Describe the structure of atoms and ions in terms of subatomic particles
  6. Predict chemical and physical properties using the periodic table
  7. Solve problems using dimensional analysis (unit conversion)
  8. Solve chemical problems using mole conversions
  9. Solve chemical problems using concentrations
  10. Differentiate the various electromagnetic radiations and their interaction with matter
  11. Use quantum theory to describe the hydrogen atom
  12. Write ground state electron configurations for atoms and ions
  13. Relate electron configurations to various periodic properties
  14. Relate thermochemical properties to heat changes in chemical processes
  15. Draw Lewis Dot structures
  16. Use Lewis Dot structures to predict molecular geometry and properties
  17. Solve gas law problems
  18. Relate kinetic molecular theory to the states of matter
  19. Display professional behavior, courtesy, and attitude
  20. Observe, analyze, and interpret laboratory data, collected from experiments built on core course topics, both qualitatively and quantitatively
  21. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques used in various experiments
  22. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in identification of laboratory unknowns
  23. Practice appropriate safety procedures in the laboratory
  24. Use environmentally sound chemical laboratory practices
  25. Prepare neatly and accurately written lab reports using calculations, graphs,explanations, and chemical equations

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed in lecture using exams, assignments/quizzes/homework, and a comprehensive final. Students will be assessed in lab using reports, quizzes, and lab-tests. The overall course grade is determined using the categories and values listed below.

Category Percentage
Lecture Exams 40-50%
Laboratory (reports, quizzes, lab-tests) 25%
Paper or presentation or homework up to 10%
Final Exam (cumulative) 25%

No student will receive a passing grade in CHEM 141 unless that student has earned at least a 55% in the laboratory.


General Education Categories
  • Natural Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Scientific Reasoning
MTA Categories
  • Category 6: Natural Sciences (Lecture and Lab)
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolio Review
Portfolio Review Details

A student may receive credit for CHEM-141 by earning a score of 4 or higher on the AP Chemistry Exam and providing a portfolio that demonstrates 60hr of appropriate college level chemistry laboratory experience. An interview may also be required.

Other Details

A student may receive credit for CHEM-141 by earning either:

  1. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Chemistry Exam and providing a portfolio that demonstrates 60hr of appropriate college level chemistry laboratory experience. An interview may also be required.
  2. A score of 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate-Higher Level (IB-HL) Chemistry Exam.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Summer 2023