CEM 141 is the first part of a chemistry curriculum called Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE). The curriculum is based on research on student learning and is designed to help you to learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry. While the approach may be somewhat different from what you are used to, we have evidence that you will finish this course with a deeper understanding of chemistry principles and that you will be able to use this knowledge in subsequent courses. That is: this semester you will learn what you need to know for further study in chemistry and other related subjects.

CEM 141 Learning Outcomes

Students in this course will learn to:

  • Explain and model how the existence of atoms leads to the conservation of matter.
  • Use appropriate models and theories to describe chemical and physical phenomena.
  • Construct representations of chemical species and use them to predict chemical and physical properties.
  • Explain how and why the atomic-molecular structure affects the properties of a substance, and vice versa.
  • Predict and explain the energy changes associated with interactions of atoms, molecules, and ions.
  • Apply systems thinking to both molecular level and macroscopic systems.

A link to the course syllabus (WORD or PDF) can be found to the left.