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General Chemistry I

Examine the essentials of chemistry with General Chemistry I, covering atomic structure, chemical bonds, stoichiometry, gas laws, and more through interactive virtual labs.

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General Chemistry I
Higher Education

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General Chemistry I serves as an introductory survey of the fundamental concepts in chemistry, providing a foundational understanding for students. It covers a broad range of topics designed to introduce the principles and methodologies that underpin the discipline.  You can begin a comprehensive exploration of the basic principles that form the backbone of the chemical sciences. Through a series of engaging virtual lab simulations, learners will gain hands-on experience with atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution chemistry, and calorimetry.

Unlocking the Atom

This course offers a deep dive into the core concepts of chemistry, including the structure of atoms, the intricacies of ionic and covalent bonds, and the principles of stoichiometry. With our cutting-edge virtual lab simulations, you'll discover the dynamic interactions that govern chemical reactions and matter's behavior under various conditions. Visualize concepts previously confined to textbooks and imagine yourself as a pioneering scientist pushing the boundaries of what's possible in our virtual labs.

Bringing Theoretical Concepts to Life

Bringing theoretical knowledge to life, experience firsthand experimentation without the limitations of a physical lab. From atomic structure to thermochemistry, you will enhance understanding and develop critical scientific skills by mastering topics such as titration in "Neutralize an acid lake contamination" to exploring the behavior of gases in "Build your own temperature scale". Benefit from the virtual setting to safely experiment with dangerous chemicals, perform intricate procedures, and understand complex concepts, such as molarity, with ease.

From Food to Lakes: Exploring chemistry in everyday life

This course sets the stage for a deeper understanding and appreciation of chemistry's role in the natural world and its applications in everyday life. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the structure of atoms and the periodic table
  • Distinguish between ionic and covalent bonds and predict compound properties
  • Apply stoichiometry to balance chemical equations and perform mass-to-mole conversions
  • Describe the properties of gases and the laws that govern them
  • Prepare solutions of specific concentrations and understand solution chemistry fundamentals
  • Use calorimetry to measure the enthalpy changes in chemical reactions

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Course Units



Measurements and Uncertainty

Experimental Design

Introductory Lab

Lab Safety

Pipetting: Master the technique

Pipetting: Selecting and Using Micropipettes

Matter and Energy

States of Matter

Elements and Compounds: Get the oxygen back online!

Mixtures: Homogeneous or heterogeneous?

Physical and Chemical Properties: Escape the lab!

Physical and Chemical Changes: Escape the hostile planet!

Formulas and Equation Balancing: Save the chemistry lab!

Fusion: The Future of Energy

Atomic Theory and the Periodic Table

Atomic Structure (Principles): Atoms and isotopes

Introduction to Qualitative Analysis of Elements

Light as a Wave and Particle

What are waves?

Electromagnetic Spectrum (Principles): Uses and dangers of electromagnetic waves

The Photoelectric Effect: How Solar Panels Generate Renewable Energy

Advanced Atomic Theory

Atomic Structure (Principles): Bohr and quantum models

Electronic Structure of Atoms

Atomic Structure (Principles): Bohr and quantum models

Molecules and Compounds

Elements and Compounds: Get the oxygen back online!

Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Properties of Bonds

Intermolecular Forces (Principles): Rediscover the forces to save the world!

Periodic Trends

Introduction to Groups of the Periodic Table

Formulas and Nomenclature of Ionic and Covalent Compounds

Chemical Nomenclature: Learn the importance of inorganic compounds in life!

Lewis Structures

Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Molecular Geometry

Carbon Valence, Hybridization and Angles

Intermolecular Forces (Principles): Rediscover the forces to save the world!

Valence Bond Theory and Hybridisation

Carbon Valence, Hybridization and Angles

Classifying and Balancing Chemical Reactions

Formulas and Equation Balancing: Save the chemistry lab!

Balancing Equations: Mastering the process

Synthesis Reactions: Unraveling mysteries in environmental chemistry

Decomposition Reactions: Discover the secrets of Roman concrete

Single Replacement Reactions: Investigate seawater corrosion of aluminum

Double Replacement Reactions: Help with a medical emergency!


Stoichiometry: Avogadro’s number and molecular calculations


Stoichiometry: Gravimetric Analysis

Solutions and Concentration

Solution Preparation: From salt to solution

Titration: Neutralize an acid lake contamination


Calorimetry: Using a bomb calorimeter

Energy Surfaces and Spontaneous Reactions


Ideal Gas Law: Build your own temperature scale

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