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Chem-151 - Preparatory General Chemistry - Muriel Walker Waugh

Course:Preparatory General Chemistry
Professor:Muriel Walker Waugh
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I am a true advocate for my students.  Thus, I encourage everyone to feel free to contact me outside of class. My personal cell is (661) 713-1653.  You may text or call me on my cell phone from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday. I am here to work with you to ensure your success! We are all important and give value to this course.


Course Description

In this course, you will cover subject matter which includes all relevant areas such as:  chemical principles, atoms, molecules, ions, stoichiometry, chemical reaction types and reactivity, gases, atomic structure, and periodicity as well as chemical kinetics, to name a few. Students that need non-majors’ general education course should take CHEM 110. 4 units: UC, CSU transferable; UC credit limitation: Chem 110 and 151 combined, maximum credit, one course. 

What to Expect in this Course

You should expect to dedicate about 20 - 25 hours of time outside the to your individual study time each week. A FREE TEXTBOOK is provided but it is advised that all students purchase an old Introductory Chemistry, by Tro, textbook for about $7 to $15.  This will provide additional problems to work during the semester.  A computer that meets all necessary technical requirements including a stable Wi-Fi is required. Exams will be administered during lab.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to


1. Analyze chemical problems and chemical reactions according to stoichiometric methodology.

2. Examine the forms and states of matter, the structure of the atom, arrangement of electrons, and how this relates to the organization of the periodic table.

3. Differentiate between the essential features of covalent and ionic bonding. 


1. Investigate chemical reactions with chemicals, scientific glassware, and instruments in a precise, accurate, and safe manner.

2. Conduct chemical experiments, including graphical manipulation, and formulate meaningful conclusions based on the chemical data.

Types of Assessments

All exams will be administered through Canvas. There will be multiple choice, fill in the blank as well as submissions of text answers via a pdf.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

The FreeText book is noted below:

Other Relevant Course Information

Remember:  Attendance is taken from your participation in the following:  Discussions, Labs, Quizzes, and Tests.  Failure to participate in these assignments may lead to your removal from this course.


LATE WORK will be accepted. However, the following percentage-based deductions will be applied. 

1 day late = 10% deduction of points

2 days late = 20 % deduction of points

3 days late = 30 % deduction of points

4 days late = 40 % deduction of points

5 days late = 50 % deduction of points

Greater Than 5 days late = Failure of the Assignment

If, for any reason, you are unable to complete an assignment, please text or call me ASAP @ (661) 713-1653.  Accommodations will be provided as deemed appropriate. Note: documentation from a physician etc.. might be required. Call me!


I will accommodate all students that have presented to me a letter from the Academic Accommodation Center (AAC).  Documentation from the AAC must be presented to be by the student for exam time extensions.  Verbal verification will not be accepted. We will then discuss the method for your accommodation and honor all time extensions, etc…


If you encounter medical problems that may interfere with the course, it is your responsibility to notify me of any such concerns.  If the problem can potentially occur during class, the name and telephone number of their physician and/or names and numbers of people who can be called to take them to a designated place for care must be on file with me. Just text me the information and I’ll keep it on file.


Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few.  The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building. Just click on the Student Health and Wellness Section in the Campus Resources Guide in our Canvas Shell. You can find a lot of help there.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/24/2021 Sub#: 593