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CHEM 103 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
CHEM 103

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.



  • Total Hours: 105
  • Lecture Hours: 45
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 15
  • Laboratory Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

  • Chemistry 12
  • One of Principles of Math 12, Foundations 12, Precalculus 12, or MATH 050
  • Consent of the instructor.
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 titraions, purifying substances, chromatography, etc.
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)
Percentage of Individual Work:  100

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:

University Arts and Sciences certificates; Associate of Arts Degree; Associate of Arts - Criminology Specialization.

  • Lab notebook
  • Lab coat

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

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