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CHEM 1000 - Chemistry for Everyone

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

A chemistry course designed for disciplines outside of the sciences, this course will explore various topics impacting day-to-day life and society as a whole. Students will learn about measurement, the nature of matter, chemicals that impact life, and the role of chemistry in energy production, ecology, and agriculture. The laboratory will provide hands-on experiences that will augment the topics discussed in lecture.

Billable Contact Hours: 7

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course students will be able to explain the importance of experimental quantification to the study of chemistry

Objectives: During the course the student will:

  1. Apply the principles of the scientific method when describing or collecting data
  2. Employ common scientific units in simple problem-solving and measurement
  3. Balance and interpret chemical equations.
  4. Apply the mole concept to define chemical quantities.
  5. Perform common scientific measurements in the laboratory.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course students will be able to explain the fundamental nature of matter.

Objectives: During the course the student will:

  1. Describe the basic structure of the atom, including simple quantum theory
  2. Distinguish between the three phases of matter
  3. Describe how materials can be identified by their physical and chemical properties.
  4. Use the periodic table to predict some properties of the atom
  5. Distinguish between the different forms of pure substances and mixtures
  6. Name simple molecular and ionic substances
  7. Describe the nature of ionic and covalent bonding
  8. Determine the nature and impact of intermolecular attractions
  9. Identify ways the atomic nucleus can undergo change

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course students will be able to differentiate the chemistry of important classes of compounds, especially emphasizing biological functionality.

Objectives: During the course the student will:

  1. Identify and describe the nature of water
  2. Identify and evaluate acids and bases from structure and pH
  3. Describe the chemical nature of a buffer solution and how it resists pH change.
  4. Recognize hydrocarbons and functional groups
  5. Identify and describe the function of each of the four major classes of biomolecules.
  6. Classify and describe the function of common drugs.
  7. Identify the parts of the cell
  8. Classify metabolic reactions in the body

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course students will be able to analyze the role chemistry plays in agriculture, ecology, and energy Production

Objectives: During the course the student will:

  1. Identify oxidation and reduction reactions in batteries and fuel cells
  2. Describe the flow of energy and nutrients between trophic levels
  3. Compare and contrast sustainable agricultural practices with traditional practices.
  4. Identify sources of water and air pollution
  5. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and their alternatives

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Basic Concepts about Matter
    1. Mixtures
    2. Pure Substances
    3. Properties of Matter
  2. Measurement in Chemistry
    1. Describing mass, length, volume, and temperature
    2. Metric system
    3. Common laboratory equipment and techniques
  3. Atom Structure and the Periodic Table
    1. The Atom’s Nucleus and Orbitals
    2. Predicting periodic properties
    3. Nuclear change
  4. Chemical Bonding
    1. Ionic Bonding
    2. Covalent Bonding
    3. Simple Lewis Structures
    4. Simple Nomenclature
  5. Chemical Calculations and Equations
    1. Formula Weights
    2. Mole Concept
    3. Balancing chemical reactions
  6. States of Matter
    1. Ideal Gas Laws
    2. Intermolecular Attractive Forces
  7. Acids and Bases
    1. Properties of Acids and Bases
    2. PH scale
  8. Organic and Biochemistry
    1. Molecular structure of organic compounds
    2. Functional groups
    3. Structure of the cell
    4. Classes and function of biomolecules
    5. Metabolism
    6. Pharmacology
  9. Chemistry in Society
    1. Ecology
    2. Agriculture
    3. Energy Production

Primary Faculty
Lograsso, Laura
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Young, Randall
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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