Introductory University Chemistry I

University of Alberta

Atoms and molecules, states of matter, chemistry of the elements. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30, or equivalent.

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CHEM101 Syllabus for Rylan Lundgren — Winter 2019

Course: Introductory University Chemistry I – Chem 101/3 section B1 – Winter 2019
Instructor: Prof. Rylan Lundgren
Lectures: MWF 12:00–12:50 in CCIS 1 440
Office: Chemistry E4–17a
Office hours: T/R 2:00-3:00 pm (or by request)
Email: include Chem 101/3 in the subject field
Web page: eClass
This is the first course of the introductory chemistry courses. The course pre-requires a basic knowledge of
chemistry equivalent to the Alberta Chemistry 30 high school curriculum. You should prepare yourself for this
course through a review of the prerequisite material. Students who do not have the required prerequisite should:
a) apply for a waiver from the course coordinator and b) not expect supplementary professorial tutoring.
You will learn about the structure, bonding, and reactivity of chemical substances, focusing in particular on the
main-group elements. You will learn how to draw and name 3-D molecules and based on the structure,
geometry and forces will be able to predict their reactivity and properties in the gaseous, liquid and solid
phases. Whatever your ultimate academic career may be, you will gain an appreciation for the influence of
chemistry in your life and you will be able to think critically about chemical issues.
Required materials:
1. "Chemistry" by Silberberg, Amateis, Lavieri, and Venkateswaran, Chemistry, 2nd Canadian Ed.
2. "Introductory University Chemistry I Laboratory Manual (Chem 101/103)" 2018–2019 Ed.
3. Safety glasses and a lab coat for the laboratory.
Lectures and problem sets:
Learning chemistry requires hard work. It is important that you keep up with the material; cramming before
exams is a poor learning strategy. To succeed in this course you should:
1. Attend lectures. Past experience suggests that students who miss lectures, for no particular reason, do not
fare well in the course.
2. Read the assigned sections in the textbook before the lecture. You are responsible for all assigned material.
3. Take notes in class. Taking notes in class is an active form of learning that reinforces understanding!
4. Try as many of the relevant problems in the textbook.
5. Problem sets will be posted regularly on the website. They will consist of problems from the textbook and
from the instructor. It is highly recommended that you work them out on your own as the level of difficulty
on exams will be similar. The solutions will be posted about a week later on the website. Sample past exams
and solutions will be posted on the course website a week before each examination.
Examinations and Marks:
1.!Assessment weights:
* See lab manual for reports and lab final exam weights.
2. Exam schedule:
Term Exams Wed February 13 2019 and Wed March 13 2019, written during class
Final Exam* Tues April 16, 2019, 14:00 – 17:00, location TBA by the Registrar’s office.
* WARNING: Students must verify this date on Bear Tracks when the Final Exam Schedule is posted.
3. Problem Sets should be used as guides for exam content
4.!Grades are assigned according to specifications in the
University Calendar. This course will be marked
following a combination of absolute and relative
criteria. Grades in this class (Chem 101 B1 and
Chem 103 B01) will be assigned in a manner similar
to that used in all other sections of introductory
general chemistry.
5.!A student absolute score will be converted to a
percentile ranking which will be used as the primary
evaluation of performance. Within this class, the
weighted totals will be computed (sum of each
assessment multiplied by its weight) and all students
will be ranked based on their overall total.
6. The instructor will look at the overall totals to assess variations in achievement (i.e., excellent, good,
satisfactory, pass, poor and failure performances). This assessment will be used as the basis for assigning
letter grades. In previous years, the average GPA in this Winter term section has been between 2.2 – 2.6.
7. All exams are cumulative and closed book. A data sheet will be provided by the instructor. Calculators
without faculty approval stickers, laptop computers, cell phones or any other electronic devices are NOT
permitted. Please bring your student ID cards to examinations.
2.!Chem 101
Midterm Exams
2 x 15%
Lab reports/exam*
Final exam
Chem 103
Midterm Exam 1
Midterm Exam 2
Lab reports/exam*
Final exam
Letter grade
Grade point
F or F4
8. Absences: See Section 23.3 of the University Calendar. Excused absence is a privilege, not a right, and is
granted at the discretion of the instructor (term exams) or the Faculty (final exam). Permissible excuses
include (but are not limited to) incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction, or other compelling reasons
(including religious conviction).
For an excused absence where the cause is religious belief, a student must contact the instructor and the lab
coordinator within two weeks of the start of the Winter term classes.
Midterm exams: No makeup exam is given. An excused absence will transfer the weight of the missed
exam to the final exam without exception. Excuses with appropriate documentation (UofA medical form,
Doctor’s note, UofA coach’s letter, Statutory Declaration, etc.) must be presented to me within 48 hours of
the exam. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a score of zero for that exam.
Final: Only the student's Faculty can defer final examinations. Applications for deferrals must be initiated
within two working days of the missed examination. Misrepresentation of facts to gain a deferred
examination is a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour. Upon obtaining a deferral, the student
must write a deferred final examination. The deferred final examination for Chem 101/3 is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 1:00–4:00 pm in Chem E3-25.
1. Failure to register in and attend the laboratory will result in a Fail grade in the course. If you took this course
previously at the University of Alberta and failed, you may be eligible for a laboratory exemption. To
formally apply for such an exemption, please see the lab coordinator Dr. Apelblat in Chemistry E2–34B.
2. Safety glasses for laboratory are mandatory. You must also comply with all other laboratory regulations as
specified in the laboratory manual.
3. Labs start Jan 28. Lab room assignments posted on the Lab website Jan 23. Lab Manual required. See Lab
Manual for pre-Lab work. and on the lab web page.
4. Read the instructions in the manual before attending the first lab, which will include check-in (bring ID,
safety glasses and lab manual) and submission of a pre-lab assignment.
5. Be aware that the Department of Chemistry has a Lab Locker Rental Fee of $15/course that is applied to all
courses in which students are assigned to use lockers containing equipment for individual student use. The
lab locker fee is for material rented or leased to students in their Chemistry lab lockers (or lab drawers).
Courses with a lab locker fee: CHEM 101, 102 103, 105, 164, 261, 263, 211, 213, 241, 243, 333, 361, 363,
461, 561
Seminars and help
The seminars you have registered in are tutorial help sessions. These are not structured classes. You would go
to these only if you need help and you may go there at any time (see next paragraph “who to talk to” sec, 3).
Who to talk to:
1. Questions about lectures, exams, or problem sets: See Prof. Lundgren
2. Questions about registration changes and scheduling for lectures and laboratories: See Dr. Apelblat
(Chem E2-34B; Tel. 780-248-1500;
3. Help with lab reports and exam, lecture topics and homework assignments: See Teaching Assistants
MTWRF 09:30–17:00 in Room E2–34A.
Recording and distributing course materials
Audio or video recording, digital or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching environment by
students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an approved
accommodation plan. Student or instructor content, digital or otherwise, created and/or used within the context
of the course is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or distributed for any other purpose
without prior written consent from the content author(s).
Students eligible for accessibility-related accommodations (students registered with Accessibility
Eligible students have both rights and responsibilities with regard to accessibility-related accommodations.
Consequently, scheduling exam accommodations in accordance with deadlines and procedures is
essential. Please note adherence to procedures and deadlines is required for U of A to provide accommodations.
Contact SAS ( for further information.
Academic Success Centre
Students who require additional help in developing strategies for better time management, study skills or
examination skills should contact the Student Success Centre (2-300 Students’ Union Building)
Academic Integrity
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are
expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and uphold the policies of the
University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the
Code of Student Behaviour (
CodesofConductandResidenceCommunityStandards/CodeofStudentBehaviour.aspx) and avoid any behaviour
which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or
participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion
from the university.
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offense will be reported to the Senior
Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating, plagiarism and
misrepresentation of facts are serious offenses. Anyone who engages in these practices will receive at
minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and no opportunity will be given to replace the
grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty of Science the sanction for cheating on any
examination will include a disciplinary failing grade (no exceptions) and senior students should expect a
period of suspension or expulsion from the University of Alberta.
Copyright: ©2019 Dr. R. Lundgren, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
Chemistry 101/3 Course Outline (Winter 2019)
This schedule is tentative and subject to changes and modifications. Numbers in parentheses (e.g. 5.3) refer to
sections of the textbook.
1. Atomic Structure Chapters 1, 2, 6, and 7
!Chapter 1 assumed high school knowledge
!Early models of the atom and fundamental laws. Elements, isotopes and the periodic table ( 2.1 – 2.6)
!Nature of light, atomic spectra, Bohr model (6.1 – 6.2)
!Nature of matter, quantum mechanics (6.3 – 6.4)
!Hydrogen atom, shapes and energies of orbitals (6.4)
!Many–electron atoms, shielding, electron spin, electron configurations (7.1 – 7.2)
!Periodic trends and properties (7.3 – 7.4)
2. Bonding Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10
!Most of chapters 2, and 3 assumed high school knowledge
!Compounds: types of bonding, bond energy and nomenclature (2.7, 2.8, 9.1 – 9.4)
!Review: moles, molar masses, formulas, stoichiometry (3.1 – 3.5)
!Electronegativity, bond polarity (9.2)
!Lewis structures (8)
!3D structures (VSEPR) (9)
!Valence bond theory, hybridization (9, 10)
!Multiple bonding, bond strength (10)
!Molecular orbital theory (10)
3. States of Matter Chapters 4, 11 and 12
!Ideal and real gases, kinetic molecular theory (4)
!Atmospheric chemistry
!Intermolecular forces (11, 12)
!Liquids (12)
!Solids (12)
!Changes of state (12)
!Intermolecular forces in solutions (12)
4. Chemistry of the Elements
!Metals vs. nonmetals, acids and bases, oxidizing and reducing agents.
!Properties and reactions of various elements will be incorporated as examples in the preceding 3 units

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