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CHEM 1523: Principles of Chemistry

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.

NOTE: You may be required to take CHEM 1525 the lab component in order to receive transfer credit.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 topics

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

Required text and materials

The following textbook may have been purchased in CHEM 1503. Students who don't already own the required textbook will need to source the following on their own.

  1. Chang, R., & Overby, J., (2018). Chemistry (13th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-260-08531-0

Additional requirements

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

Optional materials

Solutions to most of the supplementary exercises suggested in the course units are provided in the following optional book:

  1. Chang, R., & Overby, J., (2018). Student solutions mannual for Chemisty (13th ed.). New York:McGraw-Hill
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 1-26-016232X


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

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 exam.

Note: The final exam for this course is only available as a paper exam and must be taken in person at an approved Testing Centre. Please email with any questions.

Assignment 1 8%
Assignment 2 8%
Assignment 3 8%
Assignment 4 8%
Assignment 5 9%
Assignment 6 9%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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