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Introduction to Chemistry

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Chemistry (common course-id CHEM 110) , a top 50 college course identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).  CHEM 110 is the first semester of CHEM 120S, a year-long course.

CID Number:  CHEM 110   

CID Number:  CHEM 120S 


General Course Description: CHEM 110

This is the first semester of a one-year course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, pre-medicine), mathematics, and engineering.

Minimum Units: 5 units, including at least 1 unit of laboratory


Intermediate Algebra.



Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Course Content:
The first semester of the complete one-year course must include:

Atomic Structure
Quantum Theory
Periodic Properties
Chemical Reactions
Gas Laws
Molecular Structure and Bonding
States of Matter
Floating Topics will be covered within the sequence.

Nuclear Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
It is strongly recommended that both semesters be completed at a single institution before transfer.

Laboratory Activities (if applicable):

The laboratory sequence will support the above topics including both qualitative and quantitative experiments, analysis of data and error propagation.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

The American Chemical Society (ACS) General Chemistry Guide and the General Chemistry examinations provide information on topics and indicate an appropriate level of this sequence of courses, including learning goals and objectives. At the conclusion of the course, each student should be able to employ standard laboratory techniques appropriate to the course content, such as titration.


Methods of Evaluation:

Lab work
Written papers and/or reports

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
    Concept Development Studies in Chemistry (Open (Access) Textbook)
    John Hutchinson's Concept Development Studies in Chemistry is for use with Socratic teaching or other active learning or... More
  • ChemWiki: The Dynamic Chemistry E-textbook
    The ChemWiki project is a new approach toward chemistry education where an open access textbook environment is... More
  • Introductory Chemistry
    Introductory Chemistry (Open (Access) Textbook)
    David Ball's Introductory Chemistry open textbook is not intended to make you an expert. True expertise in any field is... More