Chemistry 131 (and its companion course, Chemistry 132) is designed to introduce the student to fundamental topics regarding chemistry. A passing grade in Chemistry 131 is required to take Chemistry 132. This course will give the students practice in critical thinking, reading, and writing as well as an opportunity to further develop collaborative skills in problem-solving and experimental design. The importance of chemistry in the "real world" will be emphasized. The course is oriented towards science students and others who want to learn about how chemistry affects their everyday lives and the career they plan to pursue. Chemistry is an experimental science, and as such, laboratory experiments supplement the lecture and make the course a more complete learning experience.