Fall 2016 - CHEM 121 D200

General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 3971

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 24, 2016
    6:00 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Dec 7, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3520, Burnaby

    Dec 7, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    GYM WEST, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 111.



Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Students may not count both CHEM 120 and 121 for credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 4 lab hours on alternate weeks

Lecture Topics:

Atoms, Molecules, and Ions   Ch. 2
Stoichiometry      Ch. 3
Chemical Reactions   Ch. 4
Gases   Ch. 5
Thermochemistry   Ch. 9
Atomic Theory   Ch. 12
Midterm Exam    
Bonding Concepts   Ch. 13
Covalent Bonding Orbitals   Ch. 14
Liquids and Solids   Ch. 16
Solutions   Ch. 17

Laboratory Experiments:
Exp. 1     Introduction: Chemical Reactions and Equations I (first week of classes all students must attend)
Exp. 2   Chemical Reactions and Equations II: Sequence of Copper Reactions
Exp. 3   Redox Titrations: Analysis of Commerical Bleach
Exp. 4   Molar Mass of a Gas
Exp. 5   Thermochemistry: Use of Hess' Law
Exp. 6   Spectrophotometric Analysis of Cobalt Ions in Solution
Exp. 7   Colligative Properties: Freezing Point Depression


  • Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • LONCAPA Problem Sets 5%
  • Laboratory 20%
  • Final Exam 50%


Labs begin the first week of classes.


Students must pass both the lecture and laboratory components individually to obtain a passing grade in Chem 121.



  • Scientific calculator: SHARP EL-510RN
  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles


Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all Chemistry labs.
The tuition for this course includes an $11 fee for the laboratory manual.


Steven S. Zumdahl & Donald J. DeCoste. Chemical Principles. 7th Edition. 2012. Publisher: Brooks/Cole.

Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

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