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Chemistry Basics





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This unit aims to equip students with core knowledge and skills needed to undertake tertiary-level studies that require a fundamental knowledge of Chemistry and is designed specifically for students who have little or no previous Chemistry experience.

Learning pathway

What you'll learn

  • recognise the main types of bonds formed in molecules, the inter-molecular forces found between molecules and their resulting physical properties using the atomic approach
  • apply the principles of chemical measurement to both quantitatively and qualitatively determine chemical species in simple samples CLO4
  • describe the difference between chemical and physical processes and be able to explain a chemical reaction using conventional mathematical and symbolic representations CLO1
  • recognise the major classes of organic compounds and identify them by their functional groups CLO2

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  • Curtin course code: CHEM0005
  • Last updated on: October 24, 2019