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CHM-104-20, Intro to Inorganic Chemistry (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR:  Gary Strahan, Ph.D.

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Saturday/8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., 02/02/2013-05/11/2013


Survey of the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry. An introduction to topics including: methods of chemistry, chemical bonding and properties, chemical reactions and calculations, acids and bases, solutions, and quantitative descriptive aspects of chemistry will be given. The use of practical applications will aid students in understanding scientific problems related to the health sciences. The laboratory will provide students with an opportunity to use techniques and methods of chemical analysis. Lab and lecture are integrated. The course is required for allied health programs, such as nursing.


Students are expected to:

1.  Learn scientific notation, significant figures, conversions using dimensional analysis, proportions, decimals, fractions and percentages, rules of exponents, graphic interpretation, solution of an equation with one unknown.

2.  Learn how to analyze and solve chemistry word problems.

3.  Know and use the basic terminology, concepts, theories, methods and principles of chemistry (related to the properties of matter, structure of the atom, elements, compounds and mixtures, reactivity, chemical equations and calculations etc. through homework assignments.

4. Develop an understanding of the Periodic Table and its organization and use.  Understand the PT with respect to electronic configuration, element properties, reactivity and bonding of metals and non-metals and compound formation.

5.  Understand Lewis dot structure, line structure, oxidation numbers, and the balancing of chemical reactions. The understanding of moles, formula weight, percent composition and limiting reagents.

6.  Learn the gas laws and be able to analyze and solve related word problems,

7. Learn about the polarity of the molecules, electrolytes, and the unique properties of water, understand and use units of solution concentrations.  Solving word problems which include terms such as molarity, milligram per milliliter, percent composition, ratios, normality, molecular weight, moles and equivalents.

8.  Understand acidity, basicity, pH, pOH, ionization, buffer systems, and buffer capacity by solving appropriate problems.


Instruction is delivered in a lecture / lab format. Classroom participation by students is expected. Each class is conducted in a lecture/discussion format. Homework is assigned and you may be asked to present the work in class. Question and answer opportunities, quizzes and exams, small group work (when appropriate), are components of the course. 

Topics may be presented in the following forms: lecture, readings from the text, question and answer sessions, small-group discussion and activities, activities using e-mail and the Internet, assignments, demonstrations, and laboratory activities. This is a “web-enhanced” course which makes minimal use of on-line material. 


-Exams and Final, 45%

-Lab work and reports, 30%

-Assignments, Homework, Quizzes, 25%

-Grading Scale: A=93-100, B+=87-93, B=80-87, C+=73-80, C=66-73, D=59-66

-General Information and Requirements may be found in the Weekend College Catalog and Course Schedule.

**Attendance at all classes is required. If you cannot attend the first class, please do not register for this class as the material covered the first week is fundamental to understanding material throughout the remainder of the course. Students must take all exams and the final exam at the scheduled times. Assignments must be submitted on time. Labs may not be made up. You must perform lab activities at the scheduled time. Lab reports are due on time. You must submit work via the Blackboard Digital Drop Box and / or via e-mail when requested.


1) Text: Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, McMurry and Castellion, Prentice Hall, 6th ed. (Available at the Bookstore)

2) Lab Manual: Posted on Blackboard. A copy will be available for you to use in the lab.  However, you will need to print the Laboratory Activity Forms from the Blackboard site.

3)  Safety Goggles: Approved goggles must be worn during each lab activity. You must obtain    the required goggles before the second class meeting. The goggles may be purchased at the bookstore.

4) Calculator: A “basic-level” scientific calculator is required. It may be purchased inexpensively at many different types of stores. Functions that the calculator must have include: scientific notation (EXP, EE button or mode) and the logarithm function (LOG button).