Chem08 - Introductory Chemistry

Chemistry Department
Saint Mary's College of California


Welcome to general chemistry! While this course might look like intro to physical chemistry, the goal of the course is to lay a foundation of chemical understanding and quantitative skills required for you to proceed to many subdisciplines of chemistry, such as organic and inorganic chemistry, and biology.

The first half of the course will build your quantitative skills, while introducing topics such as stoichiometry (how much of compound A reacts with compound B), gas laws, and thermochemistry (heat generated during reactions). The primary learning goal will be to build your reading comprehension and problem solving skills.

The second half of the course will be more qualitative in nature, focusing on topics such atomic structure, simple bonding models (forces of attraction between atoms), intermolecular forces (the forces of attraction between molecules), and interactions between molecules in solution.

An overarching theme for the whole course will be the relationship between things we observe on the macroscopic level (things we can see, and touch, and feel) and the reactions and interactions of molecules and atoms on the submicroscopic level.

The class will be driven by small group discussion. Thus, preparation and class participation will be an important component of the course! Assigned reading from the text and supplementary material will be given in advance to allow ample preparation time.











Instructor Information

Prof. Jeffrey Sigman
Brosseau 312
(925) 268-0970
email is my preferred method of contact

Office Hours

M 9-11am
W 9-11am
Th 9-11am
by appointment