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for Students Considering CHE102
Principles of Chemistry

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This is an information page and only the link to our class website is active. The online part of the course will be delivered through Canvas, but online content can also be accessed through our class website. All of the links are active at the website and you are welcome to explore on that site.

Class Description

This course has been specifically developed to help pre-Nursing students prepare for their admission exam, but is a good general introduction to chemistry for anyone that is interested in learning the basic ideas that support chemistry.

The specific topics that are suggested for pre-nursing students preparing for their Admission Assessment Exam are: scientific notation, the metric system, and temperature scale, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical equations, reaction rates, equilibrium and reversibility, solutions and solution concentrations, chemical reactions, oxidation and reduction, A redox reaction, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, biochemistry (CHO, Proteins, lipids, nucleic acids). This is a long list, but the goal isn't to become experts on each of these topics, but to have a basic understanding that will enable a recognition of, and the ability to correctly use, the key terminology and principles associated with each topic.

Class Philosophy

Because of the wide range of topics to be covered, this class focuses on leaning the underlying language and basic structure of chemistry. It is a foundational chemistry course where most of the time is spent gathering and learning information and basic skills that all of chemistry is built upon. It will also involve some classification and building of relationships, but only a small part of the course will be spent on analysis, prediction, and chemical problem solving.

Class Meetings and Time Commitment

This class is taught in the 7-week hybrid format. We will meet once a week face-to-face and there will be online work and assignments to be completed. The content delivery will be split evenly between these two modes of delivery with the face-to-face meetings answering questions, providing more practice and filling in the details of the online material as needed.

For a completely face-to-face chemistry class, in addition to the scheduled class times most courses require 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class. That would be between 12 and 16 hours per week outside of class for a three-credit course. Since this is a foundational hybrid course it might be reasonably expected that you will spend at least 10 hours per week on this course. This might be some extra demand on your time, so you should plan your schedule accordingly.

Course Content Outline

Building Matter – Compounds and Molecules

Matter and Atoms

Combining Atoms - Making Compounds

Combining Atoms - Making Molecules

Rearranging Atoms to Form New Substances – Chemical Changes

Keeping Balance - Conserving Atoms

Categories of Reactions and Other Reaction Considerations

Applications and Odds and Ends

Solutions and Nuclear Chemistry

Odds and Ends



This course will use an online textbook written by Dr. Burgess. All pages can be accessed through canvas, so there is no need to go directly to that site unless you are looking for a more traditional kind of course menu setup. All quizzes must be taken through Canvas. The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review text has a chapter about chemistry that may be helpful. ATI has materials to help prepare for the TEAS exam. I also have a link to An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop which is an online text that can be used as a reference. A donation for using the online book is expected if you use the book more than occasionally. In addition, I am also reviewing Understanding Chemistry in Our World by Coast Learning Systems as a possible resource text for the course.

Next Class:

This course is taught as a hybrid course in the second term of each semester and as a completely online course in the second summer term.