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Ch 101 Introductory University Chemistry I

Fall Semester: September 2012

CourseCH 101 A “Introductory University Chemistry I“. Prereq. CH 30 or CH 150.
Credit may be obtained for only one of CH 101 or CH 100 or CH 204 or CH 205

Course Description: See CUCA Calendar

Course Instructor:

Name: Dr. A. N. (Tom) Tavouktsoglou PhD, Professor of Chemistry & Mathematics.

Office: Faculty House, FH-204 (main level).

Tel: 780-479-9360.

e-mail: tom.tavouktsoglou@concordia.ab.ca

Note: Students must phone (780-479-9360) and leave a message (or send an e-mail) ahead of
time, if they are unable to present themselves for a test/exam.

Office Hours: M./T./W./F.: T./R.:

Seminar Instructors: Dr. A. N. (Tom) Tavouktsoglou (groups A, C, D)
F.H.- 204 780-479-9360 

Dr. Vladimir Pitchko (group B)
F.H. – 305 780-479-9376 

Lab Instructors:

  1. Alfred Saffa, PhD Office: G-108 Tel: 780-479-9260
    alfred.saffa@concordia.ab.ca Office Hours: TBA
  2. Patrick Kamau, PhD Office: G-118 Tel: 780-479-9261
    patrick.kamau@concordia.ab.ca Office Hours: TBA

Lab Technician:

Marina Grintsov, MSc Office: Lab G-102B Tel: 780-378-8432 marina.grintsov@concordia.ab.ca

Books & Supplies (Available at Concordia Bookstore):

  1. Chemistry: Principles and Reactions” together with its “Student Solutions Manual”, by W. L. Masterton, C. N. Hurley & E.J. Neth; 7th Edition, Brooks/Cole
  2. Useful Resources: See page xviii of the preface in the textbook.
  3. Safety Goggles. Available at Concordia Bookstore.

  4. Lab Coat. Available at Concordia Bookstore.

  5. “CHEM 101/102 Laboratory Manual – Adventures in Chemistry”; 2012-2013 Edition. The Laboratory Manual will be available at the Chemistry Laboratory, G-102, during the first week of labs.

Course Schedule:

  1. Lectures: Section 101 A; M/W/F: 08:55 – 09:45 in HA-015.

  2. Labs: As per lab section assigned at registration.
    Also check announcements on lab doors (wet lab: G-102; dry lab: A – 205).

  3. Seminars: As per seminar section assigned at registration.

Additional Bibliography: (optional – do NOT purchase; most are available at the Library).

  1. Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity“; by Kotz & Purcell; Saunders College Publishing.
  2. Chemistry: The Central Science“; by Brown, LeMay & Burstein; Prentice Hall.
  3. General Chemistry“; by Atkins & Beran; Scientific American Books.
  4. General Chemistry” by D. B. Ebbing; Houghton Mifflin Co.
  5. Principles of Modern Chemistry“; by D. W. Oxtoby, H. P. Gillis and N. H. Nachtrieb; Sauders College
  6. Introductory Chemistry: Concepts and Connections“; by C. H. Corwin; Prentice – Hall.
  7. “Introductory Chemistry“; by S. Russo and M. Silver; Benjamin/Cummings.
  8. World of Chemistry: Essentials“; by M. D. Joesten and J. L. Wood; Saunders College Publishing.
  9. Other Introductory General Chemistry books in the library.


  • This schedule is tentative & subject to modifications.
  • Chapter numbers refer to the textbook (6th Edition).
  • Approximately one week’s notice will be given before each test.
  1. Ch. 1: Matter and Measurements
    Ch. 2: Atoms, Molecules, Ions, Nomenclature
    Ch. 3: Mass Relations in Chemistry; Stoichiometry
    Self-study of Appendix 1 (units), names of elements, nomenclature.

    Test #1. Weight: 13%. Length: 50 min. Date: T.B.A.
  2. Ch. 5: Gases
    Ch. 8: Thermochemistry, Calorimetry, Enthalpies
    Self-study of Appendix 3 (Exponents and Logarithms)
    Ch. 10: Solutions, Concentration units, Solubility, Colligative Properties.

    Test #2. Weight: 13%. Length: 50 min. Date: T.B.A.
  3. Ch. 12: Chemical Equilibrium in the Gaseous Phase.
    Ch. 13: Acids and Bases
    Ch. 14: Acid-Base Equilibria

    Test #3. Weight: 14%. Length: 50 min. Date: T.B.A.
  4. Ch. 15: Precipitation Equilibria

  5. Final Exam (cumulative). Weight: 30%. Length: 2 hours.
    Date: as per Exam Schedule issued by the Registrar’s Office.

Test/Exam Regulations:

  1. Tests/Exams may not be missed. There are NO MAKE-UP TESTS.

  2. Students must inform the instructor ahead of time by telephone (leave a voice message) or by e-mail, if
    they are unable to present themselves for a test due to illness or other serious extenuating circumstances.
  3. Students must contact the instructor in person as soon as possible after a missed test. At that time, they should present a physician’s note or other appropriate proof (of the reason the test was missed). In this case, the weight of the test will be added to the final.

  4. A missed test is considered non-excused, if either rule 2 or 3 above has not been adhered to. The missed test in this case is assigned a grade of zero.

  5. All tests/exams are closed book.

  6. Use of unprogrammed calculators is permitted.

  7. Use of the CHEM DATA SHEET is permitted; make sure the sheet is completely unmarked.

  8. All Concordia University College of Alberta rules and regulations apply; in particular the ones regarding Academic Honesty. See CUCA Calendar.


  1. Information about when the labs begin is posted on the doors of G-102 (wet lab) and A-205 (dry lab).

  2. The lab manual should be purchased from G-102 (wet lab) during the first week of labs.

  3. Read carefully the lab schedule and the lab rules and regulations in the lab manual.

  4. For questions pertaining to the laboratories, students should consult with their lab instructor.

  5. The weight of the lab work towards the final grade is 30%.

  6. Students must pass the labs to pass the course. A “pass” in the lab work is a minimum of 50%.  A grade of ”F” will be given as the final mark, irrespective of the test/exam results in the lecture part of the course, if a 50% grade is not attained in the labs.


  1. Seminars are an integral part of the course. They are meant to supplement the lectures.

  2. They are used to provide a greater opportunity to answer questions, expand on the theory and solve more
    problems in a small group environment.

  3. Not attending the seminar sessions is most unwise. Many helpful suggestions, examples and hints are given there.

  4. Students should feel free to attend more seminar sessions than the one they have been assigned to.

Cellular Telephones:

All cellular telephones should be deactivated upon entry into any chemistry classroom or lab. A cellular phone may be left on, only with the express permission of the instructor. Permission MUST be obtained before the class commences. During tests, cellular phones must be deactivated, placed in the student’s bag, and the bag must be left at the front of the class.

Instructor-Student Communication:

  1. Students should know how to access their e-mail ”yourrname@student.concordia.ab.ca‘”and to check it
    regularly. Instructors use it to send course announcements to students.
  2. The instructor regrets that he is unable to answer assignment questions over e-mail. Ask in class, in the seminars and, if needed, during consultation periods in the instructor’s office.

Evaluation Scheme:

  1. The weights of tests/exams are indicated under “Syllabus/Tests/Exams” above.

  2. Tests/exams are marked out of 100.

  3. Labs are marked out of 10 (or out of 20 for two-day labs).

  4. The final weighted average is calculated as a percentage and reported on the alpha-scale as follows:

% Range

Alpha Scale

98 – 100


95 – 97


90 – 94


85 – 89


80 – 84


75 – 79


70 – 74


65 – 69


60 – 64


55 – 59


50 – 54


00 – 49


  1. The Bell curve will NOT be applied. Students know their standing in the course at any point in time as a result of their marks in the tests and labs.

  2. Assignments are given on a regular basis. However, they are not collected or graded. It is the responsibility of the individual student to do his/her homework.

  3. All final marks will be reported on the Four-Point Grading Scale as follows (also see Calendar):

Four-Point Grading Scale


Alpha Grade

Grade Point Value









Very Good


















Minimal Pass






Lecture Format and other issues:

  1. Each lecture commences with a brief, point-form review of material covered in the previous lecture.

  2. Question period: to clarify and explain concepts further, and to solve homework problems.

  3. Theoretical presentation and treatment of new material.

  4. Model examples (usually different than the ones solved as illustrations in the textbook).

  5. For questions pertaining to the laboratories, students should consult with their lab instructor(s).

How to Do Well:

  1. Do not skip classes. Attend regularly. If you miss a class due to illness, obtain the notes and do the
    homework as soon as possible.

  2. Attend the seminars on a regular basis. Seek help from your professor or lab instructor. Questions
    pertaining to the laboratories, should be addressed to the lab instructor.

  3. Try to read ahead by one lecture.

  4. In class, pay attention; scrutinize every sentence or statement; never be embarrassed to ask.

  5. Look up your notes as soon as possible after a lecture.

  6. Study systematically, using pencil and paper; do not simply read.

  7. Study notes and textbook carefully. Make sure that you have understood a concept well, before proceeding to the next one. Test your understanding of the concept by mentally defining it or pretending to explain it to someone else; be clear, concise and precise.

  8. After studying solved examples, whether from your textbook or notes, make sure that you can solve the
    same problems independently.

  9. Try the homework problems after you have done steps 6 and 7 above.

  10. If a particular problem gives you trouble, leave it for a while; come back to it at a later time (or next day). If still unsuccessful, ask in class. If questions still persist, discuss them with your colleagues, take them to the seminar and seek help from your professor or lab instructor.

  11. Working in small groups often helps, provided the group participants are all willing to actively contribute to the work and discussions, and they are not simply passive recipients of work done by others.

  12. Remember… Question time is all the time! Ask!

  13. Study regularly. Do not “fall behind”. Every topic is built on the previous one.

  14. Do not cram before exams. Exams are designed to test your understanding of the material and your
    competence in the course according to established criteria and standards; they are also meant to rank
    students according to their performance in the course. They are not meant to trick or fool them.

  15. Review often. Reviewing enhances the understanding, aids learning and builds up confidence.

  16. Enjoy the course! I wish you well!

Assignment for the first week of classes:

  1. Learn the names (including spelling) and the symbols of all the elements in the Periodic Table.

  2. Memorize the first three rows of the Periodic Table (elements H through to Ar).

  3. Learn the S.I. and know how to use it properly (study the handout on the S.I.); you must know the names
    and the corresponding powers of 10 for the various multiples and sub-multiples of the S.I. Units.
    Additional Reference: Handout on the S.I. And Appendix 1 of textbook.

  4. Unit conversions:
    a) in the S.I. You need to know the multiples and sub-multiples (and the corresponding powers of 10) of the units.
    b) in other unit systems. You do NOT need to memorize conversion factors; they will be provided as needed.

  5. Study your notes and textbook Chapter 1.


  • Please read instructions about “how to do well” above.

  • Problem and page numbers refer to the current edition of the textbook.

  • The number of homework problems assigned below is the minimum number of problems a student should be attempting in order to do well in the course.

  • Answers to Even-Numbered and Challenge Questions & Problems are given in Appendix 5.

  • Solutions to the even-numbered problems are in the Students’ Solutions Manual.

  • WEB indicates that the solution is posted on the web.
  • Before attempting the homework problems…
    -study your notes, then study your textbook;
    -make sure that you can do independently the problems worked out in class and the
    ones done as examples in the textbook;
    -review the
    Chapter Highlights at the end of every chapter in the book. This is an
    excellent way to review and -test that you understand and know the material;
    -know and be able to state clearly definitions of concepts;
    -always go over the
    Summary Problem at the end of each chapter;
  • following is the minimum number of problems that you should attempt in each chapter.
  • Chapter 1 problems.
    2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 34, 36, 44, 48, 52, 58, 64, 68, 73.
  • Chapter 2 problems.
    2, 8, 14, 20, 24, 28, 38, 46, 52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 76, 84.
  • Chapter 3 problems.
    6, 14, 30, 32, 36, 42, 46, 48, 56, 58, 66, 68, 76.
  • Chapter 5 problems.
    4, 8, 12, 20, 24, 30, 34, 38, 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 70.
  • Chapter 8 problems.
    4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 22, 24, 26, 30, 36, 42, 48, 50.
  • Chapter 10 problems.
    4, 8, 10, 18, 22, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 44, 52, 84.
  • Chapter 12 problems.
    2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 18, 20, 26, 30, 38, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 56, 60, 72.
  • Chapter 13 problems.
    2, 4, 6, 18, 30, 38, 52, 56, 58, 72, 74, 80, 88, 92.
  • Chapter 14 problems.
    2, 6, 12, 16, 18, 26, 34, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 58.
  • Chapter 15 problems.
    8, 14, 16, 20, 22, 26.

When difficulties arise:
If you feel you need help, do not hesitate to seek it. Here is a list of people who can assist you in various circumstances…

  • About the course… Contact your professor, Dr. A. N. (Tom) Tavouktsoglou, F.H.-204,
    Tel. 780-479-9360, 
  • About the labs… Contact your lab instructor (see page 1 of this handout). Please DO NOT ask your
    professor laboratory related questions.

  • General Academic, psychological, personal… Contact the Campus Counselling Psychologist and Director of Student Life, Barbara Van Ingen, G-204, Tel. 780-479-9289, barbara.vaningen@concordia.ab.ca
  • Spiritual, Pastoral… Contact the Campus Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Garry Dombrosky garry.dombrosky@concordia.ab.ca
  • Career Counselling… Contact our Coordinator – Career Services, Ms. Doreen Kooy, L-265, Tel. 780-378-8461, doreen.kooy@concordia.ab.ca
  • Assistance in writing… Make an appointment by contacting Student and Enrolment Services.

Academic Hierarchy:

  1. Dr. John Washington, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean (Science),
    L-401, Tel: 780-479-9308, 
  2. Dr. Jonathan Strand, Associate Vice President Academic & Dean of Undergraduate Studies, HA-224, Tel. 780-479-9357, jonathan.strand@concordia.ab.ca