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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
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CHEM 1020 - Chemistry Concepts

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 2
Course Description: This course deals with the basic concepts of chemistry. Topics include general properties of matter, the development of the model of the atom, nuclear chemistry, basics of chemical bonding, chemical equations and their uses, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and an introduction to organic chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course introduces students to basic equipment and procedures used in the science laboratory and provides an opportunity to observe some of the concepts discussed in the classroom. This course is intended for students who have not had a high-school chemistry course within the last three years.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science

Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 0070  or above, or completion of MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of C or higher. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Matter & Energy
  2. Chemical Bonding
  3. Chemical Equations
  4. Measurements
  5. Names and Formulas
  6. Organic Chemistry
  7. Reactions of Protons and Electrons
  8. States of Matter
  9. The Atom

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of basic chemical vocabulary, concepts, laws, and theories
  2. Solve basic chemistry problems using resource materials.
  3. Communicate basic chemical ideas clearly.
  4. Use basic laboratory equipment properly.
  5. Investigate matter and its interactions using the scientific method.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty. 03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

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