CHEM 1523
Principles of Chemistry

3.0 Credits

Description

This course is the second half of first year chemistry theory designed for students with a strong background in Chemistry. Course topics include gas laws, equilibrium, redox reactions, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, entropy and free energy.

Note: This course provides the equivalent of the second half of a first-year university chemistry course when taken with its accompanying laboratory course, CHEM 1525. In order to complete the equivalent of the entire first year (6 credits) of university-level chemistry students need to complete CHEM 1503, 1523, 1505 and 1525 or CHEM 1500 and CHEM 1520.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.

Prerequisites

Recommended: CHEM 1500, CHEM 1503, CHEM 1505 and Chemistry 12 or (with a grade of B or better)

Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the properties of gases and do gas law calculations.
  • Calculate order, rates, half-life, and reaction rate constants from kinetic data
  • Explain the equilibrium state and the effects of an applied stress on an equilibrium.
  • Do a variety of gaseos and ionic solution/solid equilibrium calculations.
  • Explain the concepts involved in the theory of acids and bases.
  • Calculate the pH of solutions of acids, bases, salts, buffers, and polyprotic acids.
  • Do thermodynamic calculations.
  • Explain the concept of entropy and its contribution to spontaneity in Gibbs free energy.
  • Balance redox equations.
  • Describe electrolytic cells and do calculations involving Faraday's Laws.
  • Calculate standard and non-standard cell emf's from standard reduction potentials.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Gases
  • Unit 2: Kinetics
  • Unit 3: Equilibrium
  • Unit 4: Acids and Bases
  • Unit 5: Thermodynamics
  • Unit 6: Electrochemistry

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

CHEM 1523 is a companion course to CHEM 1503; therefore, the textbook listed below is provided to students in CHEM 1503.

If students did not take CHEM 1503 and do not already own this textbook, the student will need to purchase it. To do so, students can send an email to student@tru.ca or phone 1.800.663.9711 (toll free in Canada) or 250.852.7000 (local & international).

  1. Chang, Raymond & Goldsby Kenneth. Chemistry with Connect 2-Semester Access Card (2016). 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-259-63397-3

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required. Non-programmable, single numeric line calculator such as the Casio fx-260 is required.

Optional Materials

Students may wish to source their own Student Solutions Manual listed here.

Solutions to most of the supplementary exercises suggested in the Course Units are provided in the following optional books:

  1. Chang, Raymond, and Goldsby, Ken (2016). Student Solutions Manual to accompany Chemistry. (12th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    Type: E-Book ISBN: 9781308657844

NOTE: This custom e-book is only available at https://create.mheducation.com/shop/#/catalog/details/?isbn=9781308657844)

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of course.

Assessment

In order to successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Assignment 1 8%
Assignment 2 8%
Assignment 3 8%
Assignment 4 8%
Assignment 5 9%
Assignment 6 9%
Final Exam * 50%

* Mandatory