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Course Description

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This course stresses fundamental principles of chemistry and is designed for students without Grade 12 or 4U Chemistry or equivalent. Topics include: atomic theory, the periodic table, stoichiometry, properties of gases and liquids, acid-base concepts and chemical equilibria. This course is intended only for students who require the equivalent of Grade 12 or 4U Chemistry in order to proceed to CHEM*1040.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of chemistry at the Grade 12 or 4U level to various problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic features of the periodic table and be able to identify and name elements, ions and various compounds
  • Balance and explain various types of chemical reactions (specifically solubility, gas, acid-base and oxidation-reduction)
  • Solve quantitative calculations including stoichiometric, solution composition and ideal gas law calculations
  • Determine the molecular structure of simple compounds using Lewis Structures
  • Apply the concepts of chemical equilibrium and solve simple quantitative equilibrium calculations
  • Identify and name some simple carbon containing compounds (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds) in order to begin investigating organic chemistry.

Course Topics

  • Measurements and Calculations
  • Elements, Atoms and Ions
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Molecular Formulas and the Mole
  • Atomic Theory and Chemical Bonding (this is a two-week unit)
  • Gases: Ideal Gas Law and Gas Stoichiometry
  • Solutions: Molarity, Dilutions and Reactions
  • Acids and Bases
  • Equilibrium
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions and Electrochemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry


Assessment Item Grading Scheme 1 Weight Grading Scheme 2 Weight
Optional OWL Homework 10% 0%
Mini-Quizzes (Best 5 of 8) 20% 20%
Midterm Exam 20% 25%
Graded Calculations 10% 10%
Online Final Exam 40% 45%
Total 100% 100%

Note: If you are using the 7th edition of the textbook you will not have access to the OWL Homework so you will have to follow Grading Scheme 2.


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introductory Chemistry
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Very Important: Do NOT purchase a used copy of the 8th Hybrid edition of the textbook!! The Hybrid textbook does NOT contain any end-of-chapter Questions and Problems so you will not be able to practice calculations.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation by Stephen S. Zumdahl and Donald J. DeCoste © 2015 Cengage Learning 8th edition ISBN 9781285199030
  • Publishers Access Code (Confirmed) (Optional) OWLv2
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Package Option: Textbook plus optional OWLv2 Access Code ISBN 9781305384521
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