CHEM 1310 is a one-semester course for engineering majors requiring no further chemistry courses (AE, ME, ECE, IE, etc.) or those seeking a lab science course to fulfill core requirements. The course uses the Interactive General Chemistry textbook from Macmillan.

Course Objectives

  • Identify steps in the scientific method.
  • Apply concepts of measurement and significant figures to laboratory practices and chemical problems.
  • Correlate position on the periodic table to properties of elements and bonds.
  • Calculate amounts of chemical species using information from chemical formulas and chemical equations.
  • Correlate information from balanced chemical equations to the microscopic scale.
  • Explain atomic structure using the quantum mechanical model of the atom.
  • Explain periodic trends using theories of electronic structure.
  • Interpret thermochemical equations and data and evaluate energies of systems.
  • Summarize the behaviors of gases and explain them using the kinetic-molecular theory.
  • Correlate the molecular level process that occur during heating, cooling, and phase changes to the amount of energy removed or added to a system during each process.
  • Use reaction mechanisms to infer the kinetics of a chemical reaction.
  • Compare/contrast the relationships between rate and concentration, concentration and time, and rate and time.  Apply these principles to kinetic data.
  • Interpret data and perform calculations related to equilibria of gaseous and aqueous reactions.
  • Integrate the concepts of equilibrium, Gibbs free energy, and cell potential in electrochemical systems.

Please note that advanced standing exams to exempt from CHEM 1310 are not available. However, credit for the course can be earned through AP, IB, and SAT II scores.

Credit for both CHEM 1310 and CHEM 1211K is not permitted.

CHEM 1310 is an acceptable pre-requisite for CHEM 1212K. However, you must seek approval of your home department to ensure that it counts toward your degree if CHEM 1211K is specified for your major. Additionally, those using CHEM 1310 as a pre-requisite for CHEM 1212K will benefit from individual study of molecular orbital theory. Please visit the CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K pages for more details.