Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CH 100
Course Title:
Everyday Chemistry with Lab
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Course Description

Introduces chemistry related topics pertaining to everyday life. Includes topics such as renewable energy, clean air and water and global climate change using a relatively nonmathematical approach. Includes atomic/molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, acids/bases and the social and environmental role of chemistry. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill the Gen Ed science with lab requirement. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Chemistry 100 is a one term introductory chemistry class for students who are interested in the subject or need it for their degree. It also helps to prepare the student for successful entry to general college chemistry courses. The lecture portion of the course meets three hours per week and presents basic chemical principles, computations and selected topics of interest relating chemistry to the modern world. The laboratory period meets three hours per week and provides the student with an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of concepts presented in class as well as introduces them to simple laboratory techniques. The course is transferable as general science credit.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After completion of this course, students will

  • Observe the natural world with an understanding of the particulate nature of matter.
  • Distinguish between opinion, philosophy, and empirical evidence for phenomena using knowledge of the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to make evidence based decisions on issues that affect the environment and the community.
  • Communicate basic chemistry concepts effectively orally and in writing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations, or maintenance of a personal lab manual.
At least two written lecture examinations, including the final examination, are scheduled during the term. Nonscheduled quizzes may occasionally be given at the discretion of the instructor. Written examinations include typical problems encountered in previous class work and laboratory. Since this is a preparatory course, the student's competency in mathematical topics is important to completion of the course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Grades and competency will be determined according to student ability to demonstrate knowledge of specific chemistry topics and complete work by assigned deadlines; participate and complete reports of assigned laboratory experiments; and an evaluation of chemical topics assigned.

    1. History
    2. Scientific Method
    3. How to Study Chemistry
    1. Scientific Notation
    2. Metric System
    3. Uncertainty
    4. Dimensional Analysis
    1. Classification of Matter
    2. Density
    3. Energy
    4. Atomic Structure
    5. Electromagnetic Spectrum
    6. Periodic Table
    7. Bonding
    8. Symbols, Formulas, Equations
    9. The Mole
    10. Chemical Reactions
    1. Environmental Chemistry
    2. Ozone Depletion
    3. Acid Rain
    4. Pollution
    5. Green House Effect
    6. Recycling
    7. Pharmaceutical Drugs
    8. Blood Chemistry
    9. Energy sources
    10. Fossil fuel
    11. Nuclear
    12. Alternate forms of Energy
    13. Nutritional