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General Chemistry I

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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Meets online and in Winooski every Tuesday, 1:00PM-4:30PM

Course Description:

This is the first course of a two-semester sequence on the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, modern atomic theory, liquids and solids, and molecular structure. Prior learning in College Algebra or equivalent is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or above.

Essential Objectives:

1. Distinguish between the chemical and physical properties of matter.
2. Demonstrate mathematical proficiency within the SI measurement system.
3. Classify and use balanced chemical equations to solve stoichiometric problems.
4. Use systematic nomenclature and standardized symbols to represent atoms, molecules, ions and chemical reactions.
5. Determine the solubility, concentration and ionic properties of compounds dissolved in aqueous solution.
6. Describe the intermolecular forces influencing properties of gases, liquids and solids.
7. Use theoretical models to predict atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular geometry.
8. Apply simple gas laws, ideal gas law and Dalton’s law to chemical problems.
9. Explain the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of energy, heat and work.
10. Predict periodic trends and formulate energy diagrams using the quantum mechanical model of the atom.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to construct hypotheses, predictions, and lab reports and to design, analyze, and/or critique experiments found throughout peer-reviewed research and laboratory notebooks.
2. Utilize mathematical techniques necessary to properly collect and interpret data (i.e., unit conversions, standardization, and scaling necessary for data collection, graphing and charting).
3. Apply proper techniques in using common scientific tools to collect data and describe how they work (i.e., microscopes, spectrophotometers, UV sterilizers, etc.).
4. Identify and demonstrate lab safety techniques that are in line with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

We will meet on site in Winooski every Tuesday, and there are additional online assignments for you to complete each week. The hybrid format requires that you have the motivation and self-discipline to independently learn the material by viewing video lectures, reading the textbook, and practicing problems. Our weekly class meetings will be primarily devoted to laboratory experiments and hands-on problem solving.

We will be using the textbook Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, by Nivaldo Tro, 4th edition. I encourage you to purchase a used book, since you will not be required to use the online supplements that are extra for this textbook.


  • Laboratory experiments and reports
  • Problem-solving and discussion
  • Video tutorials
  • Quizzes
  • Final Exam

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Canvas Assignment Questions: 20%
  • Lab Reports: 15%
  • Lab Activities: 30%
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Final Exam: 20%

Grading Criteria:

A+: 97-100%, A: 93-96%, A-: 90-92%. For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+: 87-89%, B: 83-86%, B-: 80-82%. For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+: 77-79%, C: 73-76%, C-: 70-72%. For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+: 67-69%, D: 63-66%, D-: 60-62%: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F= below 60%: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Students who are absent for 6 or more hours of class time will not be eligible for successful completion of the course unless arrangements are made prior to any absence. Labs cannot be made up.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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