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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 22-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | CHE-1031-VU03 - General Chemistry I

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:45A - 02:40P
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 9 (as of 07-21-24 3:05 PM)
To check live space availability, Search for Courses.
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Traci Jensen
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jen Guarino

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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 and apply these concepts to the solution of physical problems.
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 work and apply these concepts to the solution of physical problems.
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.
12. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

CHE-1031-VU03 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


  • Laboratory activities, demonstrations, and experiments
  • Mini-lectures and discussion
  • Small group problem-solving
  • Online simulations and videos

Our textbook is Chemistry 2e, from Openstax, which is available for free online.

We will use Aktiv Chemistry as our homework accessory. You will have a two week grace period from the start of the semester until you will need to purchase an access code, either through the bookstore or directly from them.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Homework (25%): You will be assigned a set of problems from each chapter in the online homework accessory Aktiv Chemistry, which will check that you have a good grasp of the content.
  • Lab Activities (20%) and Reports (15%): Every week there will be at least one graded lab activity. Two of these lab activities will be written up as formal lab reports.
  • Quizzes (20%) and Final Exam (20%): There will be four quizzes throughout the semester, in which the emphasis will be on showing your work and explaining your thinking. The final exam will be cumulative.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Essential Ideas (Chapter 1)


OpenStax Chapter 1


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 1

Density Lab



Atoms, Molecules, and Ions (Chapter 2)


OpenStax Chapter 2


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 2

Conversion of Copper Lab



Composition of Substances (Chapter 3)


Openstax Chapter 3


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 3

Quiz #1



Continue Chapter 3

Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions (Chapter 4)


Openstax Chapter 4


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 4

Determining an Empirical Formula Lab



Continue Chapter 4


Tums Challenge Lab



Continue Chapter 4


Titration of Pickle Juice

Quiz #2



Thermochemistry (Chapter 5)


OpenStax Chapter 5


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 5

Measuring the Heat of a Reaction



Chapter 5 Continued

Electronic Structure and Periodic Properties (Chapter 6)


Openstax Chapter 6


Investigating Hess's Law Lab

Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 6



Chapter 6 Continued


Flame Testing and Atomic Emission Lab

Quiz #3



Continue Chapter 6

Chemical Bonding (Chapter 7)


Openstax Chapter 7


Reactivity Series Lab

Aktiv Chemistry Chapter 7



Chapter 7 Continued


Molecular Modeling

Geometric Isomers Lab



Gases (Chapter 9)


Openstax Chapter 9


Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 9

Ideal Gas Law Lab



Chapter 9 Continued

Liquids and Solids (Chapter 10)


Openstax Chapter 10


Quiz #4

Aktiv Chemistry Homework Chapter 10



Continue Chapter 10


Comparing Rates of Evaporation

Measuring the Heat of Fusion of Water


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

My goal for you in this class is to help you learn to think like a chemist. Even though most of you will not become chemists, the critical thinking and reasoning skills you develop in this course will serve you well in any career you choose. The ability to use logic, trial-and-error, and intuition to creatively solve problems is an essential objective of education. Chemistry is not only a tool that can be used to achieve that objective, but it is a fascinating subject on its own! These are some suggestions for success:

  • Read each chapter before we cover it in class. You will get much more out of each class if you have some familiarity with the topics we will be covering ahead of time. You can use the outline I provide for each chapter as a template for your own notes.
  • Practice, practice, practice! The homework problems that are assigned to you in Aktiv Chemistry are the minimum, and there are many more problems available for you to practice with in Aktiv and in the Openstax textbook. The more problems you work, the better off you will be. Passively reading the chapter is not enough. You need to constantly test and push your understanding of the concepts by doing problems.
  • Reach out for help right away when you need it. You can arrange with me to get extra help before or after class. Don't be afraid to ask questions, either in class or on the online discussion forum.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Lab activities can not be made up. However, depending on the activity you may be able to earn partial credit by analyzing a representative data set or doing an online version of the lab.
  • Lab activities and reports will be accepted late with a 10% deduction.
  • Late homework (Aktiv Chemistry) will be accepted with a 10% deduction. However, I strongly recommend that you make a habit of getting the homework assignments done on time. In this course, much of the material builds upon itself and it will be to your detriment if you let yourself get too much behind.

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. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  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 Integrity

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.