Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog
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CHEM 1405 - Introduction to Chemistry and the Environment

4 credit hours. 3 lecture hours. 3 lab hours.

Survey course introducing chemistry. Topics may include inorganic, organic, biochemistry, food/physiological chemistry, and environmental/consumer chemistry. Designed for non-science and allied health students. 

Survey introductory course in chemistry with an emphasis on environmental chemistry. Many labs employ green chemistry and reduced waste labs to further draw attention to how chemicals affect the environment. Topics include atoms; atomic structure; bonding; molecular forces; acids and bases; as well as, nuclear chemistry (isotopes, decay, dating, power, etc.); chemistry of the Earth (silicates, ores, salts, resources, etc.); air (pollution, photochemicals, ozone, etc.); water (sewage treatment, drinking water treatment, properties, contamination, etc.); energy (thermodynamics, fossil fuels, renewables, etc.); and farms and gardens (herbicides, defoliants, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
Additional Fees: Lab Fee $24 and $119.06 Online textbook and access code
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Temple College Learning Outcomes:

1. Make careful and accurate experimental observations. 
2. Demonstrate proper techniques in handling chemicals and laboratory equipment.
3. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies in the chemistry laboratory.
4. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.

1. Understand and apply the scientific method. 
2. Define the fundamental principles of matter.  
3. Assign proper units of measurement and perform dimensional analysis.
4. Summarize historical developments in chemistry and their advancement of science and technology.  
5. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.  
6. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the periodic table.  
7. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.  
8. Write chemical formulas and balance chemical equations.  
9. Apply the concept of the mole to solve stoichiometric problems. 
10. Explain the significance of intermolecular forces and how it applies to states of matter 
11. Apply knowledge of the Kinetic-Molecular Theory to solve simple gas laws problems.  
12. Classify acids and bases based on their chemical and physical properties.  
13. Differentiate between different types of radiation and be able to balance nuclear reactions.  
14. Apply chemical bonding concepts to understand how atomic arrangements create various rocks and minerals.  
15. Describe chemical principles of fundamental processes in air, water, and soil.  
16. Demonstrate knowledge of chemical reactions essential for the emergence and accumulation of environmental pollutants. 
17. Understand the effects of human activities on natural chemical processes.  
18. Reflect critically on the challenge of Earth’s finite resources meeting the needs of an increasing population.  

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