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Basic Chemistry for Operators for CEBasic Chemistry for Operators for CE

This course teaches basic chemistry skills that will enhance operator understanding and subsequent learning.  Topics covered include specific gravity, atomic structure, number and weight, units and measurement, chemical reactions, pH, solutions and suspensions and more.  Topics are applied to water and wastewater operations in a practical manner.

Successful completion of this course awards 1.25 Contact Hour. Since this course is used for continuing education, some of the navigation features in the play bar have been disabled in order to prevent fast-forward movement through the course.

If you wish to take this course with all navigation features enabled and without a certificate awarded, please access it in the Basic Chemistry for Operators catalog. Successful completion of this course requires viewing all slides and a score of 70% on the quiz.

Estimated Length: 1 hour(s) and 15 minute(s)


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Online Lesson1. Basic Chemistry for Operators - for CE -


Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. List and define the states of matter
  2. Define and calculate specific gravity and density of a substance
  3. Identify the common forms of energy
  4. Identify and apply common units of measurement
  5. Calculate unit conversions
  6. Apply scientific notation
  7. Define basic chemistry terms such as atom, element, compound, ion, isotope
  8. Sketch and label a simple atom
  9. Define and apply atomic weight, atomic number and mole
  10. Read and apply chemical symbols and equations
  11. Calculate formula weight
  12. Define and list the properties of acids and bases
  13. Identify common chemicals and their effect on pH
  14. Define and apply the concept of pH
  15. Define and apply solutions and the parts therof
  16. Define and apply suspensions, colloids, electrolytes, conductivity
  17. Perform calculations using the two and three normal equations
  18. Identify and describe basic analytical processes and quality control measures
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