CHM-130: Fundamental Chemistry
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Instructor: Ken Costello
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Each topic in chemistry can be studied by focusing on the following: (1) building blocks, (2) mathematics, and (3) force & energy. Just like 3 colors are mixed to make any color, these 3 areas are mixed to explain any chemistry topic.
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Syllabus and Welcome

Online Syllabus


Why Chemistry?

Throughout human history, chemistry has helped us survive. Turning stones into tools, making fire, creating ceramics, and preserving food were some of the earliest benefits of chemistry.

Early Chemistry Menu Page

Pitfalls to Learning

Learn the pitfalls you encounter when
learning a difficult subject like chemistry


Chemistry in a New Light
Your instructor has created a way to tie all areas of chemistry together and at the same time make it easier to comprehend. All chemistry topics are a mixture of building blocks, force/energy, and math.

Chemistry in a New Light Tutorial

Quiz for Chemistry in a New Light at Sapling Learning

Scientific Skepticism

Learning science means how to look beyond the surface, beyond the moment, and beyond the expected response. This approach helps us uncover the real truths behind what is presented. It also protects us from being fooled.

Scientific Skepticism Menu Page

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Mathematical Universe Tamed
Math? There's nothing to it.

Symbols vs The Real Thing
Symbols just don't carry the same weight
Quiz for Symbols vs The Real Thing at Sapling Learning

Math & Measurement Reading Assignment in Textbook

Its hodgepodge ways don't measure up

METRICS tutorial
A system for all people for all time.
Quiz for Metrics at Sapling Learning

Significant Figures Tutorial & Reading Assignment
When numbers aren't themselves

Measuring Temperature, Mass, Volume, and Density

A smart way to do math

Quiz based on end of Chapter 2 problems at Sapling Learning

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Building Block Intro
(Simply Complex)

Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons Built from Energy
(Condensation of Energy)


Elements Built from Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons
(Musicians of the Universe)

Compounds built from Elements
(Elements form bands)

Building Blocks for Inorganic Compounds
(Oxygen Rules)

Building Blocks for Organic Compounds
(Carbon Rules)

Quiz for Building Block Series at Sapling Learning


Putting Elements in Their Place with the Periodic Table

Quiz for Classifying: Calming the Chaos at Sapling Learning

Chapter 3: Elements and Compounds
Textbook Assignment

Plus Chemistry and Spy Secret Codes
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Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical and
Chemical Changes
Textbook Assignment

Energy Defined & Conservation of Energy
When is conservation of energy a bad thing?

Energy Quiz
Don't waste your energies on some things

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Early Development of Atomic Theory
After 2,000 years, the idea of the atom returns
Chapter 5: Textbook Assignment on Isotopes
A good use of radioactive isotopes
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Nomenclature Introduction & Menu
Includes links to Chemistry Language Tutorial,
Textbook Assignment, & PowerPoint Tutorials
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The Art of Counting without Counting
When items are too many to count or too small to count,
one needs to learn the art of counting without counting
Also included is the Good News and Bad News about Chemistry

The Art of Counting Assignment
Count by Moles because a Trillion is Too Small
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Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations
Any type of production needs to balance starting and ending inventory

The Rite to Write the Right Amount for the Right Reaction

The procedure for writing out calculations to get the right starting and final amounts for the right reaction. This tutorial and quiz goes through the steps of doing inventory for the chemical equations.

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The Nature of Light and a Modern View of the Atom

This is a tutorial and quiz that shows how the electron structure of the atom was discovered. The quiz questions are scattered throughout the tutorial.

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Chemical Bonds: The Atom Connection

This tutorial and quiz reviews some bonding principles from an earlier tutorial that focused on building blocks and expands it to focus on force & energy plus a more modern view of the atom.

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Tutorial on Gases

Composition, Misconceptions, Gases at Work, Gas Laws, and Density


Written Final
No, that's not a zero and no, that' not CHM130 students collapsed on the grass.
The final isn't that bad. Take a breath, the "O" stands for oxygen.
Oral Final
Might as well use an oral exam for checking oral pronunciation of chemicals. We will also use it for some other questions.
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