CHEM 050 - Provincial Chemistry

This course satisfies the requirements for a general or academic science. It meets the entrance requirements for further academic or technical training. This Provincial Level course satisfies the requirements for the academic stream, includes some qualitative laboratory work, and a greater mathematical treatment of chemical concepts. Chemistry is an essential part of the everyday world. A knowledge and understanding of its principles is the base on which applications in health, the environment, and industrial developments are founded. The chemistry courses will foster understanding of science as a vital part of a sustainable society and provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 80;  Laboratory Hours: 40)


Total Weeks:  20


i.“C” or higher in CHEM040 or CHEM11 or equivalent; and
ii.“C” or higher in MATH040 or MATH11 or equivalent or Provincial Level Placement on CCP Assessment.


Non-course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


Course Content:
Reaction Kinetics
- The collision model of chemical reactions
- Activation energy, endo and exothermic reactions using potential and kinetic energy diagrams
- Effects on reaction rates of temperature, concentration surface area and catalysts
General equilibrium
- Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium
- LeChatelier’s Principle
- Equilibrium constant
Aqueous equilibrium
- Qualitative analysis
- Solubility product equilibrium
Acid-base equilibrium
- Strong and weak acids and bases
- Acid-base equilibrium constant
- Acid-base chemistry
- Balancing redox reactions
- Spontaneous electrochemical reactions
- Electrolytic reactions
Gas Laws
- Units and conversions for pressure, volume and temperature
- Boyle's, Guy-Lussac's and CombinedGas Law predictions of pressure, volume, or temperature.
- Ideal gas Law
Organic Chemistry
- structural formulae of hydrocarbons and substituted hydrocarbons, names using IUPAC (International Union of Applied Chemists)
- structural isomers
- classification according to functional groups
- applications of organic chemistry


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
Reaction Kinetics

- Describe the collision model of chemical reactions
- Describe activation energy, endo- and exo-thermic reactions using potential and kinetic energy diagrams
- Describe the factors that effect reaction rate including temperature, concentration, surface area, and catalysts
- Explain the nature of chemical equilibrium using examples
- Apply Le Chatelier's Principle
- Calculate equilibrium constants of homogenous and heterogeneous systems and equilibrium concentrations from equilibrium constants
- Describe Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases including acid-base pairs
- Predict the relative strengths of acids
- Calculate [H+], [OH- ], pH, and pOH from any one known equation
- Calculate pH from Ka
- Describe the characteristics of a buffer system
- Assign oxidation states to elements in compounds
- Identify oxidizing and reducing agents
- Balance redox equations
- Describe the components of electrochemical and electrolytic cells
- Predict the voltage, Eo, of electrochemical and electrolytic cells
- Describe the applications of oxidation-reduction to everyday and industrial processes
Gas Laws
- Use the appropriate units and conversions for pressure, volume and temperature
- Apply Boyle's, Charles', Guy-Lussac's and the Combined Gas Laws to predict pressure, volume, or temperature
- Describe an ideal gas and make calculations using the Ideal Gas Law
Organic Chemistry
- Draw structural formulae of hydrocarbons and substituted hydrocarbons and name them using IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists)
- Identify structural isomers
- Categorize organic compounds based on their functional groups
- Describe applications of organic chemistry
- A minimum of eight labs are to be completed covering the core concepts


- Obtain the prerequisite body of knowledge and skills  that will provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training


- Appreciate and apply the chemistry of every day life
- Carry out all duties in an ethical, professional manner,including the collection and treatment of data
- Handle equipment and chemicals in a safe and effective manner with regard to their own safety and the safety ofothers

- Apply the scientific method to investigations of all  phenomena
- Communicate effectively, particularly to the scientific  community, using the language of chemistry
- Work effectively as a member of a team


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 90


Percentage of Group Work: 10


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