Prerequisites for General Chemistry 111A and General Chemistry 112A:

Students who plan to register for General Chemistry 111A must have taken high school chemistry, two years of high school math, and a year of high school physics. You should also be familiar with the following topics and skills at an 11th or 12th grade level:

Topics:

  • Kinetic energy, potential energy, forces (F=ma), velocity, a conceptual idea of momentum;
  • Vectors and how to graph them; Skills:
  • Factoring simple polynomials;
  • Use of the quadratic equation;
  • Multi-step problem solving.

*Students who wish to explore the possibility of taking General Chemistry without a physics background need to speak with either Dr. Jia Luo (314-935-4163) or Dr. Megan Daschbach (314-935-3372).

Students who plan to register for General Chemistry 112A must have all of the same requirements for General Chemistry 111A (listed above). In addition, you should also be familiar with the following topics and skills at an 11th or 12th grade level:

Topics:

  • Mechanical energy: work (force x distance)
  • Thermal energy: heat
  • Ideal gas law and Dalton's law of partial pressures

Skills:

  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Interpretation of graphical data and information
  • Integrals and derivatives

You should also be proficient in the following topics and skills at an 11th or 12th grade level: Topics:

  • Stoichiometry, balancing chemical reactions, determining the limiting reagent
  • Compounds, chemical formulas
  • Unit conversions, including grams  moles
  • Determining molarity and dilution calculations
  • States of matter
  • Fundamental acid/base reactions in water
  • Writing net ionic equations
  • Balancing redox reactions

Skills:

  • Algebraic manipulation of equations and relationships