General Chemistry I--CHEM 1110

This course is required for Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, and Dietetics majors, and will also be taken by students preparing for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and related health professions. These students will also take the associated laboratory, CHEM 1111. CHEM 1110 and 1111 together (4 credit hours) satisfy a General Education Natural Science requirement.

NOTE: Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 may obtain credit for CHEM 1110 and 1111.

Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHEM 1010, and MATH 1710 or MATH 1730 (or equivalent) with at least C-, or score on math placement exam (ALEKS) earning placement into MATH 1830 or higher.
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll concurrently in the associated laboratory, CHEM 1111.  The course builds very quickly upon high school chemistry, so students whose high school background is weak are advised to take CHEM 1010 first.

Recommended Co-requisite: CHEM 1111
Note: Separate grades are assigned for lecture (1110) and laboratory (1111).

Course Description: Laws of chemistry; periodic table and chemical periodicity; stoichiometry, nomenclature. modern atomic theory and bonding; ionic and molecular compounds; molecular geometry; oxidation-reduction reactions; solutions and heterogeneous mixtures; gaseous state; states of matter and intermolecular forces; thermochemistry Three lecture hours per week; 3 credit hours.

Textbook and other materials:

  • We have moved to the online TopHat textbook format.

Course Objectives:

  • To present an overview of chemistry and chemical reactions
  • To develop an understanding of important chemical concepts and models
  • To show practical applications of chemistry to other fields of science and engineering
  • To show how chemistry impacts our daily lives

Course Outline: (The exact order of topics may vary by instructor.)

  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • States of Matter and Intermolecular Forces
  • Stoichiometry and Reactions in Solution
  • Fundamentals of Thermochemistry

Grades: A comprehensive final examination will be administered in class at the assigned time. At least one test will be administered in class and graded before the last day to drop. Other tests, quizzes, and graded assignments, weighting, and grade ranges are at the discretion of the instructor and will be detailed on a syllabus distributed on the first day of classes or posted on eCourseware.


  • Tardiness and unexcused absence from class are unprofessional behaviors which should be avoided, but attendance will not be graded.
  • Electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers should be turned off in the classroom.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be made for students who present a memo from Student Disability Services.
Instructor Homepages
Fall 2013:
Dr. Henry Kurtz
Dr. Richard L. Petersen
Dr. Ying Sing Li

On-line Resources
CHEM 1100 Resources from Dr. Bridson
You may visit this site as an example of what the focus of CHEM 1110 was during the Summer of 2013.