General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 059)


High School Diploma or equivalent. A thorough understanding of Algebra is a critical requirement.

Course Description

This course covers the fundamental principles and laws of chemistry, familiarizing students with chemical principles, symbols, and notation. The nature of atoms and molecules in predicting the properties and behavior of more complex systems are considered. Students manipulate rudimentary mathematical equations in order to appreciate the quantitative nature of atomic and chemical interactions. The gas laws are introduced so students learn the statistical handling of large populations of atoms and molecules. The periodic table of elements is the focal point of this course, illustrating chemical periodicity, bonding, and reactions in an aqueous solvent environment.

This course is offered for either 4 credits or 5 credits. Please contact the school(s) to which you are planning to transfer your credits to confirm how many will be required for your program. You must notify ISP of the number of credits you will be earning before your class begins so we can plan your coursework accordingly. Note that this course includes 1 unit of laboratory work.

$100 credit for Textbook

Tro, Nivaldo J. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. 3rd. ed. Boston, MA: Pearson Education; 2012.
(ISBN-10: 0-321-80924-6)

Additional Texts (Recommended, Not Required)

Tro, N. (2013) Laboratory manual for chemistry: a molecular approach. 3rd. ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
(ISBN-10: 0-321-813-774)

You may acquire the book from any outlet you prefer. However, for your convenience, an option is provided below:

Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. 3rd Edition

Laboratory manual for chemistry: a molecular approach. 3rd Edition


Every ISP student entering General Chemistry 1 receives a $100 credit toward the purchase of textbooks. These textbooks are utilized in both Level 1 and Level 2 so you will not have to invest in additional materials when you graduate to the higher level course. For more information, please refer to our Textbook Policy.

Continue your studies with General Chemistry 2.

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