CEM131 Course Objectives

Course Learning Objectives

  1. The student will be able to use the metric system for measurement and convert between different simple and compound units through calculation.
  2. The student will be able to use the basic periodic properties of the Periodic Table to determine trends in characteristics for elements found on the Periodic Table.
  3. The student will be able to calculate heat transfer between compounds or states using the basic equations of Thermodynamics.
  4. The student will be able to describe a given element in terms of basic atomic and subatomic structure with discussion of implication to Periodicity.
  5. The student will be able to describe and work through the basic types of radioactive decay in mathematical and chemical terms.
  6. The student will be able to differentiate the basic types of chemical bonds (ionic, covalent, and hydrogen) and how they arise from the periodic properties of the elements.
  7. The student will be able to differentiate the basic types of intermolecular forces and determine which are relevant to simple compounds.
  8. The student will be able to discern the basic molecular geometry of a simple compound based on VESPR theory concepts.
  9. The student will be able to use molecular shape and bond types to determine whether a simple compound is polar or nonpolar.
  10. The student will be able to effectively convert values between the concepts of number of atoms, mass, and moles.
  11. The student will be able to balance chemical equations and use them to solve stoichiometric problems.
  12. The student will be able to use the basic Gas Laws as part of a solution to stoichiometric problems.
  13. The student will be able to use the common mathematical descriptions of concentration (i.e. molarity) to describe solubility and solve stoichiometric problems.
  14. The student will be able to construct an Equilibrium Constant for a chemical reaction and use it to mathematically describe a chemical system.
  15. The student will be able to use Le Chatelier’s Principle to predict the behavior of an equilibrium to perturbation.
  16. The student will be able to differentiate between the common theories of acid/base formation (including strengths and weaknesses), and how they apply to common chemical systems.
  17. The student will be able to mathematically determine the pH (and/or pOH) of a solution based on the concepts of chemical equilibrium and the mathematical definition of pH.
  18. The student will be able to describe the actions of a buffer in mechanical terms and produce a mathematical derivation of its actions.