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General Chemistry I (CHEM 1331 - Fundamentals of Chemistry) covers general principles, fundamental laws, atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, and elementary inorganic, nuclear and organic chemistry as described by the UH catalog. Please see your adviser and catalog for details regarding prerequisites and credit.
This course is required for many science majors and pre-health students and as an introductory course, you may find your class to be very large (200-500+). Go early! Finding a seat (especially a good seat) can be difficult, especially during the first couple of weeks of the semester. Based on our Earning an A guide, this is a Category IV course where some memorization of units and formulas is necessary.
what you need
Below or a list of items you will need for lecture. These items can be bought on campus. However, you may find these cheaper on sites like Amazon.
Lectures will follow those given by the syllabus and provided textbook. Note: UH Custom Edition is required
what to expect
Fundamentals of Chemistry I gives a you an introduction to chemistry. The focus will be both on memorization and calculations. You will be expected to know the following
Names and symbols of first 36 elements
Fundamental SI Units
Common Anions and Cations
Common Monatomic, Type II and Polyatomic
Oxygen and Non-Oxygen
exams and homework
Exams and homework will make up the majority of your grade, but certain professors may also have quizzes and/or attendance (see syllabus). Exams will be timed and computer based. These make a significant percentage of your overall grade. Based on past semesters, there are usually 3 midterms and 1 final. Around 2 weeks before each exam, you will be able to register when to take your exam, usually between 3 different days.
At your scheduled time, you will check-in and take your exam at a centralized location. Remember to bring identification, pencil/pen and an accepted calculator (link). Periodic table and scratch paper will be provided. Any other items (e.g., backpack) will be checked-in. When you complete your exam, you will check-out and your items will be returned to you.
Homework (see syllabus) is completed online, and depending on you instructor, you may have a set number of attempts, unlimited attempts (until the due date), or an average of your attempts. There is usually one homework due every week.
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Concepts covered in CHEM 1331 broken into units and topics. All topics are linked to video resources that we found especially good at explaining the material.