General Chemistry

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. Given an open-middled task, the student will discover an appropriate approach that leads to the correct solution by applying chemical problem solving skills learned in class. Mastery will be based on correct answers. 75% or higher on each assessment will constitute mastery.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final lab exams do not have to be proctored.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. There will be two major exams.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Package: First Semester Chemistry for Science Majors. Hands on Labs (ISBN: CK-1)
    2. Calculators: A scientific calculator is necessary.
    3. Technology Requirements & Suggestions: Computer hardware and software suggestions have been provided below. It would behoove you to either own or be able to access a computer with these requirements and suggestions.

PC Hardware

  • Dual Core CPU
  • At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD +/- RW optical drive
  • High-speed Internet
  • Access to a printer

MAC Hardware

  • Intel-based CPU
  • At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD +/- RW optical drive
  • High-speed Internet
  • Access to a printer

PC Software

  • Windows XP or higher
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or newer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player

MAC Software

  • OS 10.4 or higher
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Office 2004 or newer (or other comparable software such as iWork)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player
  1. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog
  2. Course Organization and Schedules


Lab Introduction


Lab Techniques & Measurements

Liquids and Solids

Observations of Chemical Changes

Physical and Chemical Properties

Separation of a Mixture of Solids

Identification of Metallic Ions

Determination of Water Hardness Using a Titrator

Ionic Reactions

Stoichiometry of a Precipitation Reaction Report

Properties of Gases


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




Last Modified: August 18, 2015