CHEM 123

Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry

University of British Columbia

Fundamentals of chemical reactivity: thermodynamics; kinetics; organic chemistry, including stereochemistry; applications relevant to modern society.

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CHEM 123 Syllabus for TBA — Winter 2019

2018W2 (JAN APR 2019)
Chem 123 is a 4-credit hour course (3 lecture; 1 lab) that focuses on the fundamentals of chemical
reactivity: thermodynamics, kinetics, organic chemistry (including stereochemistry), and
applications relevant to modern society.
The eChIRP (electronic Chemistry Integrated Resource Package) is a custom online course book
for Chem 123 that integrates text with interactive videos and practice questions for each topic.
The key points section at the top of each page provides a quick way to preview or review course
concepts. The content section introduces new concepts in detail and includes interactive
activities. Each topic also includes an interactive practice section so that you can test your
understanding by applying new concepts immediately. Access is free for all students with a CWL
account at The eChIRP is still under development. We welcome your
feedback for improvement at the bottom of each page.
The Chem 123 Organic Chemistry Workbook is strongly recommended for Chemistry 123. It is a
workbook (not a textbook) that breaks down typical problems into chemical principles using a
pictorial and step-by-step approach. The topics covered in the workbook include Lewis structures,
geometry, resonance, conformations, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and chemical reactivity
including acid and base reactivity and substitution reactions. The answer keys to problems will be
posted on the All Lectures Canvas site.
Selected textbook chapters are available as pdf excerpts to provide valuable information in
addition to the lectures, eChIRP, and workbook. These chapters are available through the Library
Online Reserves link on the All Lectures Canvas site. These readings are recommended (but not
Note: unlike Chemistry 121, the basis for the exams is not the ChIRP (eChIRP, in this case). The
basis for the exams are the lectures (and slides/notes), problem sets, sample midterms/exams,
and online quizzes. The eChIRP, Chem 123 Organic Chemistry Workbook, and the textbook chapters
available through LOCR are resources to provide useful background knowledge, context, and
examples to enrich your learning experience in Chem 123.
The Chem 123 Organic Chemistry Workbook can be ordered online through the UBC Chemistry
Department’s ePly website (given above). You can also order other required materials such as the
lab manual, a lab coat, and safety goggles/glasses, and optional items such as UBC Chemistry T-
shirts. After you have placed your order, you will receive a receipt email with a barcode. You must
have this email with you to pick up the supplies (and also at lab check-in if you ordered a lab
manual). Please print it out or display it on your phone for scanning (screenshots are not
acceptable). For questions about ordering and pick up logistics, please contact
The required calculator (SHARP EL-510) for Chem 123 is available at the UBC Bookstore or office
supply stores. No other calculator is permitted during quizzes, midterms, or the final examination.
A molecular model set from Molymod is available from the UBC Bookstore as a recommended
resource. Students are permitted to have assembled molecular models during Chem 123
examinations (models cannot have any marks/writing on them).
Course materials can be accessed through the Chem 123 Canvas site. A CWL account is required
for access. Students should check the course website regularly. The All Lectures Canvas site
contains valuable information and resources such as exam information, lecture slides, problem
sets (and solutions), and answers to the problems in the Chem 123 Organic Chemistry Workbook.
The First Year Chemistry Resource Centre is open to Chem 123 students as a convenient study
space. The room is available for independent study from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. At
scheduled times, teaching assistants will be available in the Resource Centre to help answer your
questions about the lecture content and labs. The TA schedule will be posted outside B357 and on
the course website. There are a variety of first-year chemistry textbooks, reference material, and
other supplementary material available in the Resource Centre.
PIAZZA DISCUSSION BOARD (Access through All Lectures Canvas Site)
Students may use the Piazza online discussion form to ask and answer questions about the course
(both lecture and lab content). Participation is optional and will not be graded. There is a group
(lab) set up for questions about the laboratory component of the course. If you are taking the lab,
please add yourself to the lab group (Under “Resources” then “Groups” tab).
Laboratory instruction is an integral part of the course that is conducted in rooms B272, B370, and
B372. Information concerning the laboratory program is provided through the Chem 123
Laboratory course site. Laboratory check-in will take place the week of January 7 for Group 1, and
the week of January 14 for Group 2. You must bring your lab coat and safety glasses to check in.
Expect check-in to take the full 3 hours. Information regarding check-in will be posted on the
Chem 123 Laboratory course site. Students that fail to check-in will be dropped from the course.
Waitlisted students are encouraged to attend check-in to be eligible for vacant spots.
The laboratory manual is available for purchase through the UBC Chemistry Department (same
website listed under “Ordering Information” above). Please have your purchase receipt email
available (printed or on your phone) at check-in to collect your lab manual. The “Chemistry 123
Laboratory Frequently Asked Questions” handout answers most of the common questions
regarding the laboratory, and should be consulted before contacting the laboratory manager.
MIDTERM EXAM (worth 20%)
Midterm Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:30 pm 6:30 pm Locations TBA
FINAL EXAM (worth 50%)
The final exam will be held during the formal examination period (April 8 to 26, 2019). The final
exam is 2.5 hours long and will be about 35% physical chemistry and about 65% organic
chemistry. Do not make travel arrangements until the examination timetable for the current term
is finalized. No changes in exam dates will be made to accommodate travel plans.
All examinations in Chem 123 are CLOSED-BOOK. Identification (UBC card) is required at exams.
Students are permitted to have assembled molecular models during the exam provided that the
models do NOT have any writing/marks on them. Only the designated Chem 123 calculator
(SHARP EL-510) may be used during Chem 123 quizzes, tests, and exams. Any other calculators
will be confiscated during examinations.
Midterm Conflicts
If you have an unresolvable conflict for a midterm exam (for example, another UBC course, lab, or
exam), please inform us about your conflict. Send an email to that
includes: your name, your student number, the reason for your conflict (be specific), and a
screenshot of your timetable on the SSC that shows your student number. The deadline for
submitting conflicts is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Missed Midterms
There are no supplemental midterms. If a student is unable to write the midterm due to illness or
extenuating circumstances, the student should contact the course instructor. With official
documentation, the weight of a missed midterm can be transferred to the final exam. A student
who misses a midterm without providing official documentation will be assigned a grade of zero.
Final Exam (cumulative)
Online Assessments (2)
Section-Specific Activities
Note: The Faculty of Science requires that, “in any science course that has both laboratory work and written
examinations, students must complete and pass both parts to pass the course.” See more in the UBC Calendar.
In order to pass Chemistry 123, a student must achieve a minimum score of 40.0/80.0 on the lecture portion
(the combined total of the midterm, final exam, online assessments, and section-specific activities marks)
AND a minimum score of 10.0/20.0 on the lab portion. A passing grade on the final exam is not a requirement
for passing the course.
Missed Final Exams
There are no supplemental final examinations. If a student is unable to write the final exam due to
illness or extenuating circumstances, the student should contact their academic advisor in their
faculty to request an academic concession. The student may be granted academic concession
(commonly called “standing deferred” or “SD”), which would permit the student to write the exam
at a later date.
Students are expected to adhere to the academic standard set by the University. See,54,111,959 .
During the writing of all exams in Chem 123, the following University regulations will be strictly
enforced: “Examination candidates suspected of any of the following, or any other similar
practices, may be immediately dismissed from the examination by the examiner/invigilator, and
may be subject to disciplinary action:
i. speaking or communicating with other examination candidates, unless otherwise authorized;
ii. purposely exposing written papers to the view of other examination candidates or imaging
iii. purposely viewing the written papers of other examination candidates;
iv. using or having visible at the place of writing any books, papers or other memory aid
devices other than those authorized by the examiner(s); and,
v. using or operating electronic devices including but not limited to telephones, calculators,
computers, or similar devices other than those authorized by the examiner(s)”
Round 1 (worth 0.5%):
Opens Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 pm and closes Wednesday, January 30 at 11:59 pm
You will have unlimited time and unlimited attempts to complete and SUBMIT the assessment for
Round 1. If you achieve a minimum score of 70% on ANY one of your attempts, you will receive the
full 0.5% credit. If you achieve less than 70% on ALL of your attempts, you will receive a zero. Do
NOT wait until the last minute to attempt the assessment.
Round 2 (worth 1.5%):
Opens Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 pm and closes Thursday, February 7 at 11:59 pm
You will have 90 minutes per attempt and a maximum of 2 attempts to complete and SUBMIT the
assessment for Round 2. Of the two attempts, your best score will be converted to a score out of
Organic Nomenclature (worth 2%):
Opens Thursday, February 14 at 1:00 pm and closes Monday, March 11 at 11:59 pm
You will have unlimited time and unlimited attempts to complete and SUBMIT the assessment. Your
best score will be converted to a score out of 2%.
Registration questions or change requests (online form):
Labs: See the Canvas Lab site and the Lab Group on Piazza before emailing -
General Chem 123 admin-type questions: email the Course Coordinator, Dr. Erin Lindenberg
Midterm Exam Conflicts: email
Final Exam Conflicts: your UBC Faculty Advisor
Centre for Accessibility:
Questions about Chem 123 Lecture Content: Your section-specific instructor or the TAs in the
Resource Centre (Chem B357)
Week 1
Jan 2 4
Intro to Thermodynamics, State Variables, Systems,
Surroundings, Ideal Gases, First Law, Internal Energy,
Paths and Processes
Week 2
Jan 7 11
Processes, Pistons, Measuring Heat and Work, Heat
Capacities, Calorimetry, Intro to Enthalpy, Standard
States, Hess’s Law (examples)
Week 3
Jan 14 18
Entropy, Second and Third Laws of Thermo,
Spontaneity, Gibbs Free Energy, Equilibrium
Week 4
Jan 21 25
Equilibrium (con’t), van’t Hoff plots, Acid-Base Review
Week 5
Jan 28 Feb 1
Intro to Kinetics, Transition States, Collision Theory,
Elementary vs Overall Reactions, Rate Expressions,
Method of Initial Rates, Integrated Rate Laws, Half-lives
Week 6
Feb 4 8
Arrhenius Equation, Eyring Equation, Multi-step
Reactions, Intermediates, Steady-State Approximation,
Michaelis-Menten Kinetics, Predicting Mechanisms
Week 7
Feb 11 15
M/T: Wrap up kinetics; Review
W/Th/F: Intro to Organic, Representing Organic
Molecules, Nomenclature/Functional Groups
Feb 13
MIDTERM (5:30 pm 6:30 pm) Locations TBA
Week 8
Feb 18 22
Reading Week (No classes)
Week 9
Feb 25 Mar 1
Nomenclature/Functional Groups (con’t), Electronic
Structure, Bonding and Resonance, Organic view of Acid-
Base Chemistry
Week 10
Mar 4 8
Organic Acid-Base Chemistry (con’t), Conformational
Analysis, Cyclic Alkanes (cyclohexane)
Week 11
Mar 11 15
Cyclohexane (con’t), Alkenes (E and Z), CIP Rules,
Alkynes, Stereochemistry, Chirality, (R and S)
Week 12
Mar 18 22
Properties of Chiral Compounds, Optical Rotation,
Relationships between Compounds (Enantiomers,
Diastereomers, etc), Fischer Projections
Week 13
Mar 25 29
Substitution Reactions: SN2 and SN1
Week 14
Apr 1 4
Substitution Reactions (con’t), Review

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