CHEM 1405
Introduction to Chemistry

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Lecture—Survey course introducing chemistry. Topics may include inorganic, organic, biochemistry, food/physiological chemistry, and environmental/consumer chemistry.  Designed for allied health students and for students who are not science majors.
    2. Lab—the required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
    3. Any required prerequisites:  None
    4. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: Need a C or higher in CHEM 1405 in order to take CHEM 1407
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Lecture
    2. Describe the scientific method
    3. Be able to use dimensional analysis with proper unit and significant figures
    4. Be able to Name and classification of inorganic and organic compounds
    5. Illustrate the parts of an atom and ions
    6. Portray the difference between an element, compound, and mixtures
    7. Identify the different types of chemical bonds
    8. Write and balance chemical equations
    9. Complete stoichiometry-based calculations
    10. Make sense of acids/bases, their reactions and how buffers work.
    11. Write up redox reactions and their applications
  3. Lab
    1. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
    2. Demonstrate safe and proper handling of laboratory equipment and chemicals.
    3. Conduct basic laboratory experiments with proper laboratory techniques.
    4. Complete careful and accurate experimental observations.
    5. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.
    6. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  4. Testing Requirements
    1. Campus
      1. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams. A periodic table will be provided.
      2. Students are allowed to use a calculator.
    2. Online
      1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
      2. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams. A periodic table will be provided.
      3. Students are allowed to use a calculator.
  5. Course Requirements
    1.  Campus/Online
      1. Lecture: homework assignments; weekly quizzes; midterm and final exam
      2. Lab: lab reports; final exam
      3. Quizzes and exams are timed.
  6. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Introductory Chemistry w/Mastering Chemistry, 6th Edition. Tro. 2018. Pearson Prentice Hall. (ISBN:) 9780134290812
    2. Required Access Code: MasteringChemistry access code is bundled with book.
    3. Required Lab Kit: Intro Chemistry Custom Lab Kit. Hands On Learning. (SKU: Kit LP-2820-CK-02) (ISBN: 2818560391975) Please contact the WTC bookstore to purchase the kit.
    4.  Required Calculators: scientific calculator 
    5. Recommended: Quick Study Academic: Chemistry. Jackson, Mark. D. (ISBN: 978-142321859-3)
    6. Recommended: Quick Study Academic: Chemistry Equations & Answers. Jackson, Mark. D. (ISBN: 978-142320189-2)
  7. Grading Breakdown:
    1. Campus/Online

    Lecture Homework                  10%
    Lecture Quizzes                       10%
    Lecture Midterm                      25%
    Lecture Final Exam                 25%
    Lab Reports                             15%
    Lab Final Exam                       15%

    1. A final semester grade will be based as follows:

    A = 89.5% and above
    B = 79.5 – 89.49
    C = 69.5 – 79.49
    D = 59.5 – 69.49
    F = 59.49% and below
    I = Incomplete (failure to complete the requirements of the course)

  8. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  9. Course Content

Chapter 1: Chemical World

Learn how to look, study, and view the world around them.

Chapter 2: Measurement and Problem Solving

 Scientific Notation: Writing Large and Small Numbers
Significant Figures: Writing Numbers to Reflect Precision
Significant Figures in Calculations
The Basic Units of Measurement
Problem Solving and Unit Conversion
Solving Multistep Unit Conversion Problems
Unit Conversion in Both the Numerator and Denominator
Units Raised to a Power
Numerical Problem-Solving Strategies and the Solution map

Chapter 3: Matter and Energy

What is Matter?
Classifying Matter According to Solid, Liquid, and Gas
Classifying Matter According to Composition of Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

Chapter 4: Atoms and Elements

Indivisible: The Atomic Theory
The Nuclear Atom
The Properties of Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons
Elements: Defined by Their Numbers of Protons
Looking for Patterns: The Periodic Law and the Periodic Table
Ions: Losing and Gaining Electrons

Chapter 5: Molecules and Compounds

Compounds Display Constant Composition
Chemical Formulas: How to Represent Compounds
A Molecular View of Elements and Compounds
Writing Formulas for Ionic Compounds
Naming various Compounds
Formula Mass: The Mass of a Molecule or Formula Unit

Chapter 6: Chemical Composition

Counting Nails by the Pound
Counting Atoms by the Gram
Counting Molecules by the Gram
Chemical Formulas as Conversion Factors

Chapter 7: Chemical Reactions

Evidence of a Chemical Reaction
The Chemical Equation
How to Write and Balanced Chemical Equations
Classifying Chemical Reactions

Chapter 8: Quantities in Chemical Reactions

Making Pancakes: Relationships between Ingredients
Making Molecules: Mole-to-Mole Conversions
Making Molecules: Mass-to-Mass Conversions

Chapter 10: Chemical Bonding

Representing Valence Electrons with Dots
Lewis Structures of Ionic Compounds: Electrons Transferred
Covalent Lewis Structures: Electrons Shared
Writing Lewis Structures for Covalent Compounds

Chapter 14: Acids and Bases

Properties of acids and bases
Bases: Properties and examples
The pH and pOH scale: ways to express acidity and Basicity
Buffers: Solutions that resist pH Change.

Chapter 16: Oxidation and reduction

Oxidation and reduction:
Oxidation States: Bookkeeping
The Activity series: Predicting Spontaneous Redox reactions
Batteries: Using chemistry to generate electricity
Electrolysis: Using electricity to do chemistry
Corrosion: Undesirable redox reactions

Chapter 18: Organic Chemistry

Difference between inorganic and organic chemistry
Hydrocarbons: Compound containing only carbons and hydrocarbons
Identifying elements of organic chamistry


Last Modified: November 15, 2019