(sometimes called "gen chem" for short) is a course often taught at the high school andintroductory university level. It is intended to serve as a broad introduction to a variety of concepts inchemistryand is widely taught. At the university level, it is alsosometimesused as aweed outcourse for disciplines(sometimesrelated,sometimesnot) whichare perceived torequire ahigh level of intellectualrigor or large courseloads. It isalso one of the few chemistry courses in most universities that doesnot explicitly explore a particular discipline such asorganic chemistryor analytical chemistry. __________________________________________
courses typically introduceconcepts such asstoichiometry, prediction of reaction products,thermodynamics,nuclear chemistry,electrochemistry,chemical kinetics, and many of the rudimentsof physical chemistry.Though the list of subjects covered is typically broad, leading some to criticize both theclass and the discipline as encouraging memorization, most general chemistry courses are firmly grounded inseveral fundamental physical rules for which the primary challenge is understanding when the rules areapplicable.