This course will examine the basic principles of chemistry conceptually and specifically. The course will apply chemical concepts to address relevant issues ranging from atomic structure and chemical reactions to organic and biological chemistry. The course topics include matter and energy, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear, organic, and biological chemistry. Students will apply these concepts using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Fundamentals of Chemistry
- Explain the importance of chemistry in our lives and in society.
- Differentiate between scientific observations, laws, hypotheses, theories, and experiments.
- Demonstrate problem solving for unit conversion and equation manipulation.
- Explain the properties of matter.
Atoms, Molecules, and Chemical Reactions
- Describe the periodic nature and properties of atoms and elements.
- Calculate the empirical and molecular formulas of compounds.
- Write balanced equations for chemical reactions.
- Apply stoichiometry to chemical reactions.
Electron Configurations, Chemical Bonding, Intermolecular Forces and Phases of Matter
- Write electron configurations of elements in the periodic table.
- Determine the shapes of chemical compounds.
- Explain the behavior and properties of gases.
- Identify intermolecular forces and properties of liquids and solids.
Solutions, Chemical Equilibrium, and Electron Transfer
- Analyze the characteristics of solutions.
- Examine the properties of acids and bases.
- Identify the relationships between reaction rates and chemical equilibrium.
- Describe the transfer of electrons in oxidation-reduction reactions.
Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Describe the internal structure of the atomic nucleus and radioactive decay.
- Identify uses of radioactivity and radioisotopes.
- Describe the fundamentals of organic chemistry.
- Describe the fundamentals of biological chemistry.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- MTH/219 - Introduction to College Algebra OR
- MAT/002 - Math Placement Exam B OR
- a minimum of 2 college credits that demonstrates math proficiency
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-354-1800.
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