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    Learners in CHEM 1201 should be comfortable with the following items. Other pages within the ChemWiki can be a great resource for those that need to refresh their understanding.

    Learning Objectives
    Use and interpret scientific notation
    Report an answer with the correct number of significant figures
    Identify the meanings of the metric prefixes and be able to convert between them
    Convert between units and relate different values using dimensional analysis
    List and explain the steps of the scientific method
    Outline the historical development of atomic theory
    Describe how experiments can be used to support or disprove a theory, citing examples from the development of atomic theory
    Competently identify and differentiate between elements and compounds, substances and mixtures, atoms and molecules
    Know the general structure of an atom and quantify the subatomic particles in an atom or ion
    Write and interpret chemical symbols for elements, monoatomic and polyatomic ions
    Explain the differences between ionic and covalent (molecular) compounds
    Determine the charges of ions formed by the Group I, II metals and the non-metals
    Name ionic and simple covalent compounds
    Write or draw common representations of compounds, including condensed formulae, structural representations, and expanded representations
    Explain the concept of a mole and be able to convert between atoms and moles
    Calculate molar mass and how to use it to relate moles to grams
    Balance chemical reactions
    Relate quantities of reactants and products using a balanced chemical reaction
    Explain the concept of limiting reactant and calculate the theoretical yield of a chemical reaction
    Determine the percent yield of a chemical reaction based on actual yield
    Predict the reactants and products of a complete combustion reaction and be able to complete and balance this type of reaction

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