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CHEM 103 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 1

This course builds on the foundations of CHEM 11 and 12, examining the organization of the atom and how our ideas have progressed over the last century. This information is used to derive several different, yet compatible, models of chemical bonding, and to account for the behaviour of some representative elements.




Hours: 105 (Lecture Hours: 45; Seminars and Tutorials: 15; Laboratory Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15



Chemistry 12 and Math 12
OR consent of the instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Review of stoichiometry:
   Properties and measurement of matter
   Atoms, elements, compounds
   Chemical equations
   Reactions in aqueous solutions
- Gases and their properties
- Thermodynamics
- Atomic structure:
   Historical and current models of atomic structure
   Bonding and molecular structure
   Valence bond and molecular orbital models
   Intramolecular forces
   Crystalline, ionic, and metal solids
- Solutions and their properties
   Colligative properties of liquids
- Representative elements
LABORATORIES (may include, but not limited to):
1. Separation of a mixture by fractional crystalization
2. Chromatography of M & M's
3. Quantitative precipitation of Copper (II) Oxide
4. Gravimetric analysis
5. Determining the % composition using the Ideal Gas Law
6. Determining the % composition using a redox titration
7. Molar volume of hydrogen gas
8. Enthalpy of formation for MgO
9. Molecule geometry
10. Colligative properties: freezing point depression


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

- Discuss the structure of an atom, and how our understanding of its structure has changed over the past 200 years.
- Solve problems using their knowledge of stoichiometry, thermodynamics, colligative properties, and the ideal gas law.
- Balance redox reactions.
- Compare the behavior of an ideal gas to a real gas.
- Draw representations of molecules in three dimensional space. Relate their structure to their physical and chemical properties.
- Determine the electron configuration of any element in the periodic table.
- Work safely in a chemical laboratory and carry out basic chemical techniques such as making solutions, performing titrations, purifying substances, chromatography, etc.


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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