CHEM 1001

General Chemistry I

Carleton University

This maths-intensive course covers introduction to periodicity, gas laws, equilibrium, bonding, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. This is a specialist course for students intending to take second year chemistry.

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Robert Burk

CHEM 1001 Syllabus for Robert Burk — Fall 2018

General Chemistry I - CHEM 1001 A and T
Fall 2018
Instructor: Bob Burk
Lecture Hours
Lectures: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Theatre B (Southam Hall)
Tutorials: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Friday in Theatre B (Southam Hall)
If you are registered in section T of the course, you normally receive your lectures via CUOL.
Please read this material on how CUOL works.
Lectures and Tutorials may be viewed by anyone via Carleton University Online (CUOL) in
many formats. Please read this material, whichever section you are in.
The text for the course is "Chemistry" 3nd Canadian Edition by Olmsted, Williams and Burk
published by Wiley. The book is available from Carleton’s bookstore, bundled with a twoterm
access code to WileyPlus, a homework management system we will be using.
This is the recommended package to buy.
If you buy a used book, or a discounted book elsewhere which does not include an access code,
you can then buy access to WileyPlus alone at
Two midterm tests (@ 15%) 30%
Laboratory 30%
Final Exam 30%
Online homework via WileyPlus 10%
Bonus for Using ORION in WileyPlus up to 5%
Details of the marking scheme for the laboratory portion of the course can be found in the
laboratory manual.
Grades for each component of the course will be released only via cuLearn.
Problem Assignments
Problem assignments will be given regularly via WileyPlus. It is your responsibility to check the
answers and to take action if you have obviously not understood the latest material. You may
think that 10% is not worth the effort, but those who neglect these assignments do not do well
on tests and exams, where the stakes are much higher. Evidence from previous years shows
that those who scored well on their homework assignments scored well in the course.
Midterm Tests
There will be two midterm tests, worth 15% each. If you miss a test for any reason, 15 marks
will be added to the value of your final exam. Do not assume that you can miss these tests and
do well in the course. Those who miss a test generally do not study for it, and are at a big
disadvantage when writing the exam, when more marks are at stake - I have 20 years of
statistics to show that this is the case!
The midterm tests will be on Friday October 12 and Friday November 16, 2018, both from
6:30 - 8:00 PM. Please plan your weekend travelling accordingly.
You are registered in a lab section (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 or A7), but you will also be
assigned to a lab group (A, B, C, D, E, F, G or H). Labs are every second week. During your off-
week, you do not have a lab. Those in groups A, B, C and D begin the week of September 10.
Those in groups E, F, G and H begin the week of September 17. Lab group assignments will be
posted on cuLearn by September 6. If your name does not appear on this list by then, see the lab
coordinator, Mastaneh Azad, in 207A Steacie ASAP. The complete schedule of labs is in the lab
manual. Please eat before coming to your labs - you will be on your feet for three hours at a time.
You must do the online lab safety training before your first lab. Instructions are on cuLearn.
The laboratory part of this course is mandatory for all students. If you do not complete the labs,
the course grade is automatically F. Safety glasses and lab coats must be worn at all times in the
laboratory. A lab manual and lab note book, and a lab fee, are also required. Everything is
available from Science Stores (room 118 SC) for about $60. Please buy these items before your
first lab period. If you have questions or problems with the lab scheduling, etc., please contact
the lab coordinator, Mastaneh Azad.
You must complete an on-line training course on Workplace Hazardous Materials
Information System before your first lab period.
Instructions are in the laboratory folder on cuLearn.
The P.A.S.S. Program
This course is associated with the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program. In this
program, weekly workshops are delivered by a facilitator. The facilitator is a student who
recently took CHEM 1001 (and did very well). PASS is not a remedial program - it is intended
for ALL students in the course. More details will be given in the first lecture or two.
Communicating With You
This is a big class, but you will find that you can get any help you need from me easily by one of
the following methods:
1. Visit me in my office, 418 SC. I will post office hours and locations on the calendar in
cuLearn one week in advance. Make an appointment (via email) if you want extra time.
2. Email me ( In general, all emails received before 10 PM will be
answered the same day.
Your TAs, fellow students and other people on campus are also great resources. But you are
paying me to teach you. Use me.
Special Arrangements
You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term. For an
accommodation request the processes are as follows:
Pregnancy obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the
first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to
exist. For more details visit the Equity Services website
Religious obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the
first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to
exist. For more details visit the Equity Services website
Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register
with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) for a formal evaluation of
disability-related needs. Documented disabilities could include but are not limited to
mobility/physical impairments, specific Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/psychological
disabilities, sensory disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and chronic
medical conditions. Registered PMC students are required to contact the PMC, 613-520-6608,
every term to ensure that I receive your Letter of Accommodation, no later than two weeks
before the first midterm test requiring accommodations. If you only require accommodations for
your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodations
to PMC by the deadlines published on the PMC website:
Academic Integrity
Carleton University maintains and enforces a comprehensive policy on academic integrity.
Please click here and read the policy in detail. It is your responsibility to understand the integrity
standards and to abide by them.
The content of CHEM 1001 mirrors that of the first half of the textbook used in the course.
1. Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry – this material is assumed from high school and is not
covered in the course specifically. Review it if necessary.
Atoms, Molecules, and Compounds
Measurements in Chemistry
Chemical Problem Solving
Counting Atoms: The Mole
Amounts of Compounds
Aqueous Solutions
Writing Chemical Equations
The Stoichiometry of Chemical
Yields of Chemical Reactions
The Limiting Reactant
2. The Behaviour of Gases
Describing Gases
Gas Mixtures
Gas Stoichiometry
Molecular View of Gases
Additional Gas Properties
Non-Ideal (Real) Gases
Chemistry of the Earth’s Atmosphere
3. Energy and Its Conservation
Types of Energy
Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
Measuring Energy Changes: Calorimetry
Energy Sources
4. Atoms and Light
Characteristics of Atoms
Characteristics of Light
Absorption and Emission Spectra
Properties of Electrons
Quantization and Quantum Numbers
Shapes of Atomic Orbitals
Sunlight and the Earth
5. Atomic Energies and Periodicity
Orbital Energies
Structure of the Periodic Table
Electron Configurations
Periodicity of Atomic Properties
Energetics of Ionic Compounds
Ions and Chemical Periodicity
6. Fundamentals of Chemical Bonding
Overview of Bonding
Lewis Structures
Molecular Shapes: Tetrahedral Systems
Other Molecular Shapes
Properties of Covalent Bonds
7. Theories of Chemical Bonding
Localized Bonds
Hybridization of Atomic Orbitals
Multiple Bonds
Molecular Orbital Theory: Diatomic Molecules
Three-Centre -Orbitals
Extended Systems
Band Theory of Solids
8. Effects of Intermolecular Forces
Effects of Intermolecular Forces
Types of Intermolecular Forces
Forces in Solids
Order in Solids
Phase Changes
9. Properties of Solutions
The Nature of Solutions
Determinants of Solubility
Characteristics of Aqueous Solutions
Colligative Properties
Between Solutions and Mixtures
10. Organic Chemistry Structure
Aromatic Compounds
Drawing Molecules in Three Dimensions
Enantiomers and Diastereomers
The R/S System for Naming Chiral Compounds

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