Chemistry is an experimental science where measurements are made. Every formula, theory, law, and observation shown in the pages of our textbook has been verified many times over in the laboratory. Chemists are interested in observing and interpreting experimental measurements. The interpretation of chemical data has led to many technological advances and plays a key role in our everyday lives. This course is designed to solidify your foundation in general chemistry and at the same time equip you with non-routine critical thinking skills, which will allow you to succeed in your chosen career. And hopefully, if I am doing my job, I can make chemistry interesting and give you a different perspective of the subject.
We define chemistry as the study of the properties and behavior of matter. Matter is anything that has a mass and takes up space. So there are very few limitations in terms of the content we can cover in General Chemistry.
1.1 The Study of Chemistry