Summer 2024 - CHEM 121 D100

General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 1768

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 19, 2024
    Wed, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Paul Li
    1 778 782-4350
    Office: SSB-7104
  • 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.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but it subject to change.

Mode of Teaching
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 4 lab hours/week 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
Nuclear Science/Radiochemistry   Ch. 20

Laboratory Experiments:
Exp. 1     Chemical Reactions and Equations I
Exp. 2   Chemical Reactions and Equations II: A Sequence of Copper Reactions
Exp. 3   Redox Titrations: Analysis of Commercial Bleach
Exp. 4   The Molar Volume of a Gas
Exp. 5   Thermochemistry: Use of Hess' Law
Exp. 6   Intermolecular Forces: Evaporation and Vapour Pressure


  • LON-CAPA 10%
  • Tutorial Worksheets & Participation Questions 5%
  • Lab 20%
  • Mid-Term 25%
  • Final Exam 40%


Grading Notes: All labs must be completed in order to pass the course. Students must pass both the lecture and laboratory components individually to obtain a passing grade in CHEM 121.


Attendance of In-Person Laboratory Sessions: It is mandatory for students to attend all in-person laboratory sessions. If you are unable to attend an in-person laboratory session due to illness, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.



Required Materials

  • Non-programmable, non-graphing calculator
  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles


Steven S. Zumdahl & Donald J. DeCoste. Chemical Principles. 8th Edition. 2017. Publisher: Cengage Learning.

Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.


Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time. 10th Edition. 1998. Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0553380163

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.