Introductory Chemistry I

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: This course will mainly deal with the basic principles of chemistry. Fundamental concepts and problem-solving skills will be stressed. In this course, there will be a certain amount of memorization as well as learning fundamental concepts. However, a significant amount of lecture time will be spent on techniques in solving chemistry problems.
    2. Prerequisites: There are no official prerequisites. However, the student must be able to read, speak and write proficiently at the college level.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Define the fundamental properties of matter.
    2. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.
    3. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.
    4. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.
    5. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
    6. Solve stoichiometric problems.
    7. Write chemical formulas.
    8. Write and balance equations.
    9. Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.
    10. Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.
    11. Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.
    12. Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.
    13. Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.
    14. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
    15. Demonstrate safe and proper handling of laboratory equipment and chemicals.
    16. Conduct basic laboratory experiments with proper laboratory techniques.
    17. Make careful and accurate experimental observations.
    18. Relate physical observations and measurements to theoretical principles.
    19. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.
    20. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
    21. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry.
    22. Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving principles of chemistry.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. All lecture and lab regular exams and quizzes are taken in the classroom.
    2. The lecture final exam is cumulative.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. There will be major exams and a comprehensive final exam.
    2. There are weekly quizzes.
    3. For lab, there is a lab midterm and final.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Introductory Chemistry Plus MasteringChemistry with eText – Access Card Package, 5th Edition. Tro. Prentice Hall. 2015 (ISBN–10: 0321910079; ISBN-13: 9780321910073)
    2. A scientific calculator is necessary.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. The WTC Catalog can be found by accessing the following web address:
  7. Course Organization and Schedule



The Chemical World




Matter and Energy


Atoms and Elements


Molecules and Compounds


Chemical Composition


Chemical Reactions


Quantities in Chemical Reactions


Electrons in Atoms and the Periodic Table


Chemical Bonding




**Disclaimer: As always, circumstances can prevent coverage of the material in this chronology and in the expected time frame**



Last Modified: March 24, 2014