Introduction to Chemistry


This module provides an introduction to chemistry. The arrangement of elements in the Periodic Table of Elements and the naming system for simple compounds and ions is explained. The concept of the mole is introduced and applied to chemical reactions and to the concentration of solutions. The theory of acids and bases is introduced, as well as the concept of titrations. The structure and naming system for simple organic functional groups is outlined. Practical skills relevant to the practise of chemistry are developed in the laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the concept of atoms, molecules, ions and moles.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactions, chemical formulas, chemical equations, concentrations of solutions and appropriate units.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of organic chemistry such as naming, identifying and drawing structures of small organic molecules.

  4. Describe and apply principles of Health and Safety for a chemistry laboratory.

  5. Perform volumetric analyses, and use laboratory apparatus, for basic chemical reactions and chemical analysis of water and soils.

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