Syllabus and Materials for Chem 1A

General Chemistry 1A


Chem 1A is a one semester mostly online college general chemistry course. Atomic structure, the periodic table, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, the mole concept, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, solutions, colligative properties, equilibrium, and phase diagrams will be addressed. 12 to 14 chapters will be covered in 16 weeks (or almost 1 chapter per week). Problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized in addition to learning the language of chemistry.

The listed bold chapters from Macmillan Achieve’s Interactive General Chemistry will be covered for sure in Chem 1A. Other topics may be covered as time permits.

  • Chapter 1  Science & Measurement
  • Chapter 2  Atoms and Periodic Table
  • Chapter 3  Compounds and the Mole
  • Chapter 4  Chemical Reactions & Aqueous Solutions
  • Chapter 5  Stoichiometry
  • Chapter 7  Gases
  • Chapter 8  Quantum Model of Atom
  • Chapter 9  Periodicity & Ionic Bonding
  • Chapter 10 Covalent Bonding
  • Chapter 11 Molecular Shape and Bonding Theories
  • Chapter 6  Thermochemistry
  • Chapter 12 Liquids and Solids
  • Chapter 13 Solutions
  • Chapter 15 Chemical Equilibrium (if there is time).
  • Chapter 16 Acid Base Theory (if there is time).



  • Instructor: Peter Olds (
  • Lecture: MoWe  9:30 am to 12:20 pm  (40700) on Zoom.
  • Lab: Mo 9:30 am to 12:20 pm (40701) on Zoom.
  • Office hours:  TBA


Required Course Materials:


Safety Note: If we were in a real lab, no sandals, shorts, food, or drink would be allowed in lab! Protective shoes and clothing, in addition to safety goggles, would be required!



Course Number:  Chem 1A

Course Title:  General Chemistry

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

1. Solve quantitative chemistry problems demonstrating clear reasoning, integrating multiple ideas in the problem solving process, and checking results to make sure they are physically reasonable.

2. Describe and explain chemical concepts plus trends qualitatively. Use molecular scale models/descriptions to qualitatively explain laboratory scale physical and chemical properties.

3. Safely carry out chemistry experiments in the lab, accurately recording observations and data in a laboratory notebook.  Clearly report interpretations, analysis of results, and conclusions in laboratory reports.

Assessment Methods

Biweekly tests, a mid-term exam and a final exam will be given to assess typical Chem 1A level quantitative reasoning ability including including equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry problems, etc.

Biweekly tests, a mid-term exam and a final exam will be given to assess typical Chem 1A level explanation ability includproperties and ing questions on microscopic interpretation of thermodynamic their connection with whether a process (like a chemical reaction) is spontaneous or not.

Weekly experiments will be carried out in the lab, for which laboratory reports will be collected and graded the following week. 50% of the lab-report grade will address hands-on lab performance. 50% of the lab-report grade will address quality of lab report.