Introductory Chemistry 1





This pair of courses aims to give first-year students a solid grounding in basic chemistry concepts, concentrating on looking at smaller numbers of atoms than in the subsequent semester, so that they have the necessary mental tools to proceed to more specialized chemistry courses in their second year.  The two courses are taught together as a single unit; they may not be taken individually.

Learning outcomes

Detailed learning goals will be provided at the start of each lesson. In brief, students will learn how to:

  distinguish scientific laws from theories;

  manipulate basic chemical equations, such as when determining molar concentrations;

  identify and balance redox reactions;

  manipulate the Ideal Gas Equation;

  explain why a dietary calorie is not the same as a calorimetric calorie;

  explain how the quantum mechanical properties of atoms lead to spectroscopic behaviours;

  explain broad trends in periodic behaviour;

  evaluate MO diagrams and predict simple bonding patterns therefrom;

  explain why not all solutions behave ideally; and

  be able calculate kinetic activation energies .


The textbook is:


“Chemistry: a Molecular Approach”, by Nivaldo J. Tro, 3rd Edition (Pearson New International Edition).


Students should consult Dr. Ueda-Sarson before purchasing, as not all versions are the same.


Further, not all versions are suitable, due to the e-learning component of the course used in some homework and tutorial exercises.


Not all the course content is covered in this textbook.  Further materials will be provided in class; in particular, with regard to Molecular Orbital theory and spectroscopy.


CHEM-111 (2 credits)

  Participation:                                               5 %

  Test 1:                                                         10 %

  Test 2:                                                         25 %

  Final Exam:                                                60 %


CHEM-112 (2 credits)

  Participation:                                               7 %

  Computer-delivered exercises (x 23):    69 %

  Paper-based exercises (x 6):                    24 %


Associate Professor

Luke Ueda-Sarson

Note that students will need to bring their laptop to each class to access the e-learning tutorials. CHEM-111 and CHEM-112 need to be taken together, as they are taught as an integrated whole.
Luke Dylan Ueda-Sarson