Summer 2023 - CHEM 121 D200

General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 2600

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 2600, Surrey

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SRYC 2600, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 26, 2023
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SRYC 2600, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    James Zhou
    1 778 782-5793
  • Prerequisites:

    Chemistry 12 with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-.



Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 125 may not take this course for further 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
Midterm Exam    
Atomic Theory   Ch. 12
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   Analysis of Complex Salt of Iron
Exp. 4   The Molar Volume of a Gas
Exp. 5   Thermochemistry: Use of Hess' Law
Exp. 6   Evaporation and Vapour Pressure
Exp. 7   Colligative Properties: Freezing Point Depression


  • Quizzes 10%
  • LONCAPA Problem Sets & Participation 10%
  • Laboratory 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 40%


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. 8th Edition. 2015. 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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.