Principles of Chemistry I (CHY 113)

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CHY 113 is a presentation of fundamental principles of chemical science. These principles will be presented in quantitative terms and illustrated by examples of their applications in laboratories and in ordinary non-laboratory experience. This course and CHY 114 (normally taken concurrently) provide the basis for further study of chemistry. Prerequisite: satisfaction of USM math minimum proficiency requirements.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course you should be able to...

  • Describe basic chemistry concepts, and utilize these concepts to draw conclusions and solve basic chemical problems.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative scientific reasoning to understand and discuss current scientific issues and advances.
  • Understand chemical properties, and apply this knowledge to determine the properties of specific molecules.
  • Appreciate the applicability of chemistry to your major and your everyday life.

Course Materials:

  • Text: Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, 8th edition, by Kotz, Treichel and Townsend, published by Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1-133-35871-8 
  • Workbook: Guided Explorations in General Chemistry, 2nd edition, by David M. Hanson, published by Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 2012, ISBN-13:978-1439049655
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  • Your own scientific calculator (NOT a calculator phone app, since you will not have your phone during exams).

Before Taking This Course

This course is an overview of MANY different concepts in chemistry. You need to have a good background in algebra to successfully grasp the material we cover in this course. To be successful in this course you will need to practice and stay on top of the material we are covering. 

Instructor Information:

James Ford

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Lucille Benedict

Associate Professor of Chemistry