CHEM 100 Chemical Explorations • 5 Cr.


Presents basic concepts of chemistry using a relatively non-mathematical approach. Topics include measurement, atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical vs. physical changes, acids and bases, and the social and environmental role of chemistry. Same as CHEM& 110. Only one of the two (CHEM 100 or CHEM&110) may be taken for credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define chemistry and describe the key elements of the scientific method.
  • Describe the general structure of the atom and extract information about an atom of an element using the periodic table, including element symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, and number of protons and electrons.
  • Identify the role of chemical reactions in daily life using examples such as acid rain, photosynthesis, cooking, industrial synthesis, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Describe the differences between molecular, ionic, and metallic substances, including acids, bases, organic molecules, and polymers.
  • Describe the characteristics of a solid, liquid, and gas in terms of visible properties and the kinetic-molecular theory of matter, and compare pure substances to mixtures.
  • Synthesize course information and apply it to practical, everyday issues such as acid rain, air and water pollution, limited resources on Planet Earth, pharmaceuticals, nutrition and materials.
  • Identify and use reliable reference material in libraries and on the internet to research and report on a topic related to chemistry.