Note: This course is only available for registration to students residing in Canada
This course is the first laboratory in a fundamental first-year chemistry course, designed for
students who have completed CHEM 1503: Chemical Bonding and Organic Chemistry. The topics include
a review of laboratory safety and equipment, chemical changes, laboratory techniques and
measurements, separation of mixtures, properties of gases, liquids and solids, physical and
chemical properties, identification of metallic ions, ionic reactions, stoichiometry of a
precipitation reaction, caloric content of food, and water-hardness determination. Students are
expected to become familiar with these topics, and demonstrate their proficiency in various
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate and have an appreciation of basic laboratory safety concepts.
- Assemble and operate experimental apparatus.
- Demonstrate basic chemistry lab techniques such as weighing samples, reading scientific
scales, performing accurate measurements, pipetting, titrating, using volumetric glassware, and
using a colorimeter.
- Demonstrate basic handling and cleanup of chemicals.
- Demonstrate organized recording of experimental and observational data.
- Display data results in a graph.
- Use experimental data to construct calibration curves, perform dilution calculations, and
calculate the amount of unknown compounds in a sample.
- Use appropriate references for obtaining information about a chemical.
- Cite literature references properly.
- Experiment 1: Observations of Chemical and Physical Changes
- Experiment 2: Laboratory Techniques and Measurements
- Experiment 3: Separation of a Mixture of Solids
- Experiment 4: Properties of Gases
- Experiment 5: Liquids and Solids
- Experiment 6: Acid/Base Chemistry
- Experiment 7: Stoichiometry of a Precipitation Reaction
- Experiment 8: Caloric Content of Food
- Experiment 9: Determination of Water Hardness Using a Titrator
Required text and materials
1. Chem 1505 Labkit from Labpaq
The lab kit provides equipment, chemicals, and anything else that students will need to do the
experiments and can't provide for themselves. Some common materials, like vinegar and other
household items, students may need to supply.
Computer with Internet Connection: You will need a computer with Internet connection to access
the course materials and complete the assignments.
Computer with Internet Connection: Students will need a computer with Internet connection to
access the course materials and complete the assignments.
Digital Camera: Students will need to have access to a digital camera during the experiments to
take photos and videos of their progress.
Web-cam: Students will need a computer web-cam in order to demonstrate their work in the
practical component of the final exam.
Skype Connection: Students will need a Skype connection in order to demonstrate their work in
the practical component of the final exam. If this requirement is not possible, please contact
the OLFM to make alternative arrangements.
Calculator: This course requires a non-programmable, single-numeric line calculator, such as
the Casio fx-260. This course does not permit textual input calculators, electronic devices,
paper dictionaries, or translation devices to be used on the final exam. We reserve the right to
inspect any student calculator at any time.
A first-year Chemistry textbook would be helpful.
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 complete this course successfully, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the mandatory Final Laboratory Exams and obtain a grade of 50% overall.
|Assignment 1: Safety Quiz
|Assignment 2: Online Journal (Experiments 1-4)
|Assignment 3: Reports (Experiments 1-4)
|Assignment 4: Online Journal (Experiments 5-9)
|Assignment 5: Reports (Experiments 5-9)
|Final Exam: Practical
|Final Exam: Theory
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at start of course.