General Concepts in Chemistry I

General Course Information

Instructor: Tobias Clement

Course Description:  

This is an accelerated course for Post-Baccalaureate students and is designed to get students intimately familiar with scientific vernacular, chemical symbols and notation. The nature of atoms and molecules in predicting the properties and behavior of more complex systems will also be studied. The periodic table will be used to illustrate trends in physical and chemical properties and chemical bonding. The gas laws will also be studied to provide an understanding quantitative relationship between pressure, volume, temperature and their effect on a population of gas molecules. Finally, the energy relationships of chemical reactions will be introduced during the discussion of the laws of thermodynamics.

 The laboratory component of the course is designed to reinforce selected concepts covered in the lectures and to provide students with laboratory experience.

Text Book:

  Chemistry: The Central Science , 13th Edition   By Brown, LeMay, Bursten, et al. Pearson, Prentice Hall: ISBN 0-13-109686-9 

Assessment Procedure:




Exam 1         



Exam 2         



Exam 3         








Textbook Reference


Classification of Matter

  • States of matter
  • Elements, compounds, mixtures

Physical Measurements

  • Measurement & significant figures
  • SI Units
  • Dimensional Analysis

Atomic Theory and Atomic Structure

  • Structure of the atom
  • Isotopes
  • Atomic weights
  • Periodicity I













Chemical Names and Formulae

  • Binary compounds
  • Tertiary compounds
  • Acids
  • Introduction to organic compounds

Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations

  • Writing chemical equations
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • The Mole Concept I  










Lab 1


Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations

  • The Mole Concept II
  • Stoichiometry
  • Limiting reactants

Types of Chemical Reactions

  • Precipitation reactions
  • Acid-Base reactions
  • Oxidation-Reduction reactions
  • Neutralization reactions

Exam 1










Lab 2

Quiz 4

Working with Solutions

  • Concentration of solutions
  • Dilution
  • Solution Stoichiometry


  • Energy and its units
  • Heat of reaction
  • Enthalpy and enthalpy change











Thermochemistry continued

  • Thermochemical equations
  • Applying stoichiometry to heats of reaction
  • Measuring heats of reaction
  • Hess’s Law
  • Standard enthalpies of formation

Quantum Theory of the Atom

  • Quantum numbers and atomic orbitals
  • Electron spin and Pauli Exclusion principle
  • Writing electron configurations
  • Orbital diagrams of atoms: Hund’s Rule
  • Periodicity II

Exam 2










Lab 3


Periodic Properties of the Elements

  • Development of the periodic table
  • Periodic trends

Chemical Bonding

  • Describing ionic bonds
  • Describing covalent bonds
  • Molecular geometry: VSEPR Theory
  • Polar covalent bonds: Electronegativity
  • Writing Lewis dot structures











Chemical Bonding continued

  • Resonance
  • Bond energy

Gas Laws

  • Empirical gas laws
  • The ideal gas law
  • Stoichiometry problems involving gas volumes     Partial pressures










Exam 3



School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.