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
email@example.com 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. 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.