Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CH 101
Course Title:
Inorganic Chemistry Principles
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Course Description

Introduces basic inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on solution chemistry. Fulfills a basic chemistry requirement for programs such as engineering technology, allied health, and others. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended: one year of high school chemistry. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The student will receive five credits for three hours of lecture and one recitation in the classroom each week and three hours of  laboratory experience each week. The student must supply his own textbook, protective eyewear and laboratory manual and problems manual if required by the instructor.
Inorganic Chemistry Principles is a transferable course. It is designed to meet the needs of the medical technology student in general. This course helps the student to develop an understanding of chemical principles and the applications of such principles to the Health Science field. It fulfills the chemistry requirement for the Medical Laboratory Technician at Portland Community College.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • apply the fundamental principles of measurement, matter, atomic theory, chemical periodicity,chemical bonding, general chemical reactivity and solution chemistry to subsequent courses in science, engineering, technology, allied health and various other related disciplines that depend
    upon these principles for successful comprehension.
  • apply essential chemical concepts and math skills toward successful completion of future science and applied science and engineering courses.
  • solve problems in a logical manner using the scientific method, including asking a testable question, designing a model/experiment, gathering data, analyzing data, revising the model/experiment, formulating conclusions, sharing conclusion verbally and in writing.
  • work effectively as a member of diverse groups to compare and contrast scientific ideas, models, or experimental results.
  • critically evaluate sources of scientific information to logically decide the bias, strengths and weaknesses of the information concerning the effect of chemistry and chemical concepts on themselves and their environment.

Course Activities and Design

The lecture and laboratory experience combine to familiarize the student with the basic language pertaining to chemistry, fundamental principles of chemistry and skills in basic laboratory technique. Three hours are set aside each week for lecture and three hours for laboratory. The laboratory sections are restricted to twenty-four persons.
There are no prerequisite courses for Chemistry 101. However, a student adequately prepared for Chemistry 101 should have successfully completed high school chemistry and high school algebra.

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.
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

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of basic chemical terms.
    2. Objectives:
      1. Define matter.
      2. Incorporate measurement of matter and energy in calculations.
      3. Define physical and chemical changes.
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of atomic structure, chemical formulas and chemical equations.
    2. Objectives:
      1. Describe the atom.
      2. Describe atomic structure.
      3. Describe the elements in terms of the following:
      4. Periodic classification of the elements
      5. Chemical reactivity
      6. Metals, non-metals, and metalloids
      7. Valence
      8. Bonding
      9. Write formulas and name chemical compounds.
      10. Describe and perform calculations utilizing the
      11. following terms:
      12. Percent composition
      13. Moles
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of the physical states
    2. of matter.
    3. Objectives:
      1. Describe states of matter in terms of the following:
      2. Solid
      3. Liquid
      4. Gaseous
      5. Allotropism
      6. Describe and perform calculations with gas laws.
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of oxidation-reduction.
    2. Objectives:
      1. Define and describe the following:
      2. Oxidation, reduction
      3. Oxidizing agent, reducing agent
      4. Half reactions
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of water solutions.
    1. Objectives:
      1. Describe the structure and behavior of water.
      2. Describe and perform calculations utilizing the
      3. following terms:
      4. Solutions, molarity, normality
      5. Standard solutions, titrations
      6. Milliequivalents
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of acids, bases, salts,
      2. electrolytes and ph.
    2. Objectives:
      1. Describe and perform calculations utilizing the
      2. following terms:
      3. Acids
      4. Bases
      5. Salts
      6. pH
      7. Describe behavior of compounds in water utilizing
      8. the following terms:
      9. Buffers
      10. Electrolytes
      11. Ionization
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of colloids.
    2. Objectives:
    1. Define and describe the following terms:
    2. Crystalloids and colloids
    3. Dialysis
    4. Osmosis
    1. Instructional Goal:
      1. The goal is to develop knowledge of nuclear chemistry.
    2. Objectives:
      1. Define and describe the following terms:
      2. Radioactivity
      3. Nuclear reactions
      4. Half life
      5. Atomic fission
      6. Atomic fusion
      7. Units of measurement of radiation