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
NOTE: You may be required to take CHEM 1525 the lab component in order to receive
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
- 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
- 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.
- Unit 1: Gases
- Unit 2: Kinetics
- Unit 3: Equilibrium
- Unit 4: Acids and Bases
- Unit 5: Thermodynamics
- Unit 6: Electrochemistry
Required text and materials
Chang, R., & Overby, J., (2018). Chemistry (13th ed.). New York:
Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-260-08531-0
This is a companion course to CHEM 1503; therefore, the textbook listed above is provided to
students in CHEM 1503.
If students did not take CHEM 1503 and/or do not already own the required textbook, please be
aware that students will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada),
250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
Computer with Internet is required. 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 optional book:
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 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.
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.
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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.