This course is the first half of a fundamental first year chemistry course. Topics include
general concepts of chemical bonding, Lewis structures, molecular shape, and valence bond
theory of bonding. The organic chemistry portion of the course focuses on the bonding and
structure of organic compounds, compound naming, functional groups, conformational and stereo
chemical features, oxidation reduction reactions, substitution and elimination reactions, and
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Name simple inorganic compounds.
- Use S.I. units, significant figures, and scientific notation correctly.
- Do stoichiometric calculations (chemical arithmetic) involving chemical reactions.
- Explain the historical development of the quantum theory of atomic structure.
- Describe periodic properties of elements in relation to their electron configuration.
- Explain theories of bonding and describe geometric shapes and polarities of
- Describe the different intermolecular forces present between molecules and use them to
predict physical properties such as melting points.
- Describe the structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactions of some organic compounds,
such as alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, haloalkenes, and alcohols.
- Identify constitutional isomers, conformational isomers, stereoisomers, chiral molecules
and stereogenic carbons.
- Explain, using reaction mechanisms, the important features of the free radical
halogenations, SN1, and SN2 reactions.
- Unit 1: Measurement and Matter
- Unit 2: Atoms
- Unit 3: Molecules
- Unit 4: Intramolecular Forces and Organic Chemistry
- Unit 5: Stereochemistry
- Unit 6: Mechanisms of Organic Reactions
Required text and materials
Students will receive all course materials including the textbook in their course
Chang, R. & Overby, J (2019). Chemistry with connect 2-semester access Card
(13th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
Type: Textbook, ISBN:
Vollhardt, K. and Schore, N. (2018). Organic chemistry structure and function
(8e.) New York: W.H. Freeman.
Type: Loose-leaf Textbook, ISBN-13:
Prentice Hall. The Prentice Hall molecular model set for organic chemistry.
England: Prentice-Hall, 1991.
Type: Model Set
Non-programmable, single numeric line calculator such as the Casio fx-260 is required.
Solutions to most of the supplementary exercises suggested in the Course Units are provided
in the following manuals. These are not provided in your course materials, but you may
purchase them on your own if you wish.
- Chang, R. , and Overby, J. (2019). Chemistry solutions manual, student edition.
(13th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Schore, Neil (2018), Study guide and solutions manual for organic chemistry structure
and function. (8th ed.). New York: Freeman.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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.
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Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.