Topics covered - (provisional)

The main topics to be covered are:

Introduction: Matter and Measurement

  • Atoms, Molecules and Ions

  • Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations

  • Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

  • Electronic Structure of Atoms

  • Periodic Properties of Elements

  • Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding

  • Molecular Geometry


Laboratory Experiments, Demonstrations and Workshops:

  • Laboratory Safety Demonstrations

  • Significant Figures – Making Measurements in the Chemistry Laboratory (Workshop)

  • Basic Laboratory Techniques

  • Graphs in Chemistry (Workshop)

  • Experimental Determination of Density

  • Double Displacement Reactions and Precipitates

  • Acid-Base Titrations (Workshop)

  • Molecular Geometry (Workshop)

Learning outcomes


After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • Use the concept of significant figures in calculations, and in particular apply the rules of significant figures using laboratory measurements and in the analysis of experimental data

  • Explain atomic and molecular structure and discuss the arrangement of atoms or molecules in different forms of matter

  • Utilize qualitatively and quantitatively chemical equations for a variety of chemical reaction types

  • Explain and use the results of quantum mechanics for the electronic structure in atoms and discuss how electronic structure can be employed to explain the periodic trends of various properties

  • Discuss the basic principles of chemical bonding including the application of molecular orbitals in the description of covalent bonding

  • Predict the molecular geometry of polyatomic molecules and molecular ions from the Lewis structure, and demonstrate the application of hybrid orbitals in predicting molecular geometry

Essential reading

  • Provisional reading -  T.L. Brown, H.E. Lemay, B.E. Bursten and C.J. Murphy (2009), Chemistry The Central Science, 11th Edition: Prentice Hall