The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of chemistry. Topics covered will include: utilization of the metric system, physical and chemical properties/changes, chemical reactions, atomic structure, understanding of the periodic table, ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, states of matter, gas laws, acid and bases, thermochemistry, reaction rates, redox reactions, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. . Laboratory exercises, demonstrations, and videos are included to reinforce the concepts covered. Classroom participation is strongly encouraged as topics are covered in class.