Principles of Chemistry

Course Details

This course is delivered by Westcott Courses in partnership with Brandman University

CHMU 102 - Principles of Chemistry

Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better.

Course Description: Presents an introduction to chemistry and chemical laboratory techniques covering the basic principles and applications of chemistry. Designed for general education and students in programs that require a chemistry background. Topics include metric and English conversions, atomic theory, solution preparation and their properties, chemical reactions, inorganic chemical nomenclature, bonding, periodic table, mass relationships and acid/base theory.

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Enrollment Schedule: Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)


5 months to complete

Single 30 day extension if needed

Estimated Cost

Without Laboratory: $499

With Laboratory $525.00

Ways to Learn



Without Laboratory: 3; With Laboratory: 4

Lower Division, UG

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Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Perform unit conversions within and between metric and English systems, and express results appropriately in scientific notation.
  • Understand stoichiometric relationships involved in reactions.
  • Solve problems involving liquids, gases, energy, density and solutions.
  • Balance chemical equations and use stoichiometric relationships and the mole concept to calculate product and reactant amounts.
  • Calculate and implement solution concentration units such as molarity.
  • Be able to read product labels and determine if any of the ingredients contain health hazards.
  • Use the Periodic Table to obtain information needed to perform calculations.
  • Analyze real-world arguments such as editorials, advertising and electronic media which involving chemical and environmental topics.
  • Understand acid and base reactions, pH and buffers.
  • Demonstrate real-world problem solving skills involving chemical situations encountered at home and in a medical environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an intelligent citizen in a world with diverse cultural views including environmental, global and cultural awareness with respect to chemical topics.

Course Topics:

  • What is Chemistry?
  • The Numerical Side of Chemistry
  • The Evolution of Atomic Theory
  • The Modern Model of the Atom
  • Chemical Bonding and Nomenclature
  • The Shape of Molecules
  • Intermolecular Forces and the Phases of Matter
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Stoichiometry and the Mole


  • Electron Transfer in Chemical Reactions
  • What If There Were No Intermolecular Forces? The Ideal Gas
  • Solutions
  • When Reactants Turn into Products
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Electrolytes, Acids, and Bases
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • The Chemistry of Carbon
  • Synthetic and Biological Polymers


Lab Description: This is the laboratory part of Principles of Chemistry and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course. Topics include density, osmotic pressure, chemical nomenclature, determining chemical change, titration, nuclear chemistry and entropy.

Upon successful mastery of the laboratory part of the course, you will be able to

  • Understand safety, transfer and measurement of chemicals, using physical properties to identify compounds, chemical reactions and pH.
  • Solve metric and English problems with gram & mole conversions and be able to switch back and forth between the units.
  • Understand titration and solution preparation.
  • Conduct various quantitative and qualitative experiments, record your observations and express numerical values using appropriate significant figures, analyze acquired data, formulate proper conclusions and be able to express your finding in written form.
  • Perform chemical experiments and understand the correlation of these experiments and basic chemistry to real world applications.
  • Use physical properties to identify compounds, chemical reactions, paper chromatography and pH.
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Syllabus without Laboratory

Syllabus with Laboratory

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The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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