THERMODYNAMICS, KINETICS AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
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 https://chirp1.chem.ubc.ca. 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