These essential questions and learner outcomes are designed for an online, first-year undergraduate chemistry course.
- Why do we know that atoms are the fundamental building blocks of nature?
- What are the ways in which atoms interact with other atoms to create the chemical diversity we observe?
- Explain how the Law of Definite Proportion (which deals with mass ratios) implies atom ratios. (Question Level: Analysis)
- Compare the Law of Definite Proportion to the Law of Multiple Proportions paying close attention what they imply about the atom. (Question Level: Analysis)
- Describe how the Law of Definite Proportion, Law of Multiple Proportions, and Avogadro’s Hypothesis were melded into Dalton’s Atomic Theory. (Question Level: Comprehension)
- Rewrite Dalton’s Atomic Theory to accurately account for our modern understanding of the properties of atoms. (Question Level: Synthesis)
- List the basic chemical and physical properties of ionic and covalent compounds. (Question Level: Knowledge)
- Compare the chemical properties of ionic compounds with covalent compounds. (Question Level: Comprehension)
- Plan a series of chemical tests that would allow you to distinguish ionic compounds from covalent compounds. (Question Level: Synthesis)